Rental firm Europcar has partnered with Mercedes-Benz Vans to offer Europcar customers a 6-month trial of an eVito electric panel van.

The scheme aims to help users decide whether an electric van is right for them and how they can be best deployed, as well as give Europcar and Mercedes further insight into how electric vans are used.

To facilitate this the vans are fitted with integrated GeoTab telematics units with EV reporting and dashcam functionality in order to get the maximum amount of data and insight from the trials.

According to Mercedes-Benz Vans, the eVito delivers 114hp of power, 300Nm of torque, a 92-mile range and its 41kWh battery can be fully charged in six hours. It is available in two lengths and one height.

Gary Smith, managing director of Europcar Mobility Group UK said: “By offering this simple ‘test drive’ facility, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, we are enabling businesses to try out an electric van on a day to day basis to see if it will work for them.

“In the longer term, we believe renting electric will prove a massive benefit to businesses that are working in low-emission zones on a short-term basis, or simply want to temporarily integrate an electric van into their existing fleet for ‘on demand’ environmentally-friendly motoring. The learnings from the trials will, therefore, help us shape our electric van rental solutions for the future, as well as provide Mercedes-Benz with valuable customer feedback.”

Steve Bridge, MD of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, said: “Partnering with Europcar in this way enables customers to effectively trial the technology and find out what it is like to run an electric vehicle within their existing operation. We know interest and demand is high, but to experience the eVito within their own environment and charging infrastructure will provide these businesses with invaluable feedback, and enable Europcar and ourselves to gain further insight into the demands and needs of electric vehicle use.”