Medequip's electric vehicle line-upp
Medequip’s electric vehicle line-up, which is making a major contribution to the company’s clean air initiatives

Taking a major step forward in the electrification of its fleet delivering community equipment services around the country, Medequip has acquired a further 25 Mercedes all-electric eSprinter vans.

The move makes a major contribution to the company’s clean air initiatives; Medequip has committed to ensuring that 10 per cent of the fleet will be 100 per cent electric powered by late spring 2022.

Medequip has been adopting new technologies to reduce CO2 and NOx emissions since Autumn of last year when the first electric powered vans were trialled in London, where road vehicles have been identified as the leading cause of air pollution.

The company states that it is committed to using power from sustainable sources across its operations, so this is a significant step in moving the fleet away from fossil fuels.

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Peter Gaunt, Fleet Manager for Medequip, commented: “Alongside our stated commitment to adopting greener technologies wherever possible across our operations, the introduction of Ultra-Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ) in various cities across the UK has further accelerated our plans to move to all-electric operations.”

He added: “With many depots located in city centres and covering urban routes, we have been monitoring the development of battery technology and are now confident that our electric fleet can perform its duties and help us to improve air quality in urban areas.”

Operational capabilities were a key issue in Medequip’s decision to replace petrol and diesel powered vehicles with electric alternatives. These vehicles are capable of recharging within 60 minutes; when coupled with efficient scheduling across their delivery areas, they can complete an entire day of deliveries direct to homes on a single charge.

The latest additions to the fleet have been supplied by Mercedes Benz dealer Intercounty Truck and Van Ltd, fitted out by van racking specialists Gentili, liveried by Mediafleet and financed by Lex Autolease. 

Medequip recently won the Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES) contract for residents in Kingston upon Thames, London, which begun earlier this month. The service supports children and adults who, due to their health or a disability, may need equipment like walking frames, hoists, crutches, and minor adaptations to help them live their day-to-day lives.

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