Parcelforce Worldwide has invested in a fleet 1,106 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans fitted with ECO-start technology, designed to save fuel and reduce emissions.
The Sprinters have replaced a large proportion of the Parcelforce Worldwide van fleet and will be based at depots across the UK.
The ECO-Start system, which automatically cuts the engine whenever the vehicle is stationary for two seconds and starts it again as the driver depresses the clutch, was a major factor in Parcelforce Worldwide’s choice.
Michael Anderson, Parcelforce Worldwide’s head of innovation, said: “The Sprinter ECO-Start supports Parcelforce Worldwide’s environmental policy. We’re looking for these vehicles to deliver something in the region of a five per cent fuel saving.”
The Sprinters were also chosen for driver comfort, cornering, handling and driving performance.