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Hermes gets London Mayor approval for EV fleet

London Mayor Boris Johnson has welcomed recent moves by courier firm Hermes to slash emissions via the use of a fleet of 44 electric vans.

The vehicles – all 100% electric Renault Kangoo ZEs – have been in use since May on the fleet of Gnewt Cargo, an electric-only parcel delivery operator Hermes uses for final-mile operations in the city.

By switching the final-mile work to Gnewt, which has an inner city hub (as opposed to the two previous providers whose hubs were outside London), Hermes has not only cut final-mile emissions to zero (from 146 tonnes of carbon a year), but slashed the mileage involved in central London deliveries from a scarcely believable 330,000 miles to just 65,000 miles a year.

“Hermes is setting a fantastic example for London’s logistics companies,” said the Mayor. “By doing their bit, Hermes… is helping to create a cleaner, greener, more breathable air for every Londoner.”

Martijn de Lange, Hermes operations director, said the firm was “pleased to be able to contribute to the long-standing objective of creating a greener London”.

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