Original equipment manufacturers are starting to introduce a new range of medium and large-sized electric delivery vehicles (e.g. Mercedes eVito and eSprinter), following new research showing that companies involved in last mile delivery services prioritise the total possible load volume over the maximum payload.
Most new electric delivery vehicles have an official range of about 160 km, and some manufacturers even claim that their latest vehicles can reach a range of up to 270 km. Therefore, the current average range capacity is usually sufficient to allow electric delivery vehicles to complete a day's deliveries without having to be recharged.
The total cost of ownership of electric delivery vehicles is becoming increasingly competitive as original equipment manufacturers develop a new range of "premium electric" delivery vehicles, rather than reconfiguring old ICE models. Lower battery costs and the wide availability of tax benefits and government incentives are also improving the cost competitiveness of electric delivery vehicles.