GLS France has been testing the delivery of parcels by eVan since mid-November, in the city centre of Lille. It has focused on deliveries in the old town. This environmentally friendly delivery method complements many GLS projects that are currently being carried out in Europe.
GLS is also responding to the “environmental zones” that are currently being introduced in many metropolitan regions in France. Access restrictions are among the regulations designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
The MAN eTGE eVan body is like that of a conventional GLS delivery vehicle. Its range is 150 km and has a volume of 11 cu m therefore can carry a tonne.
Due to the positive feedback from the pilot project, GLS France plans to extend the test beyond the Christmas season.
“At GLS France, we want to intensify the development of our alternative delivery solutions. For this reason, GLS France has launched a new initiative by presenting several electric vehicles to the transport partners responsible for the Lille, Calais and Compiègne regions. For the first test in Lille, GLS France chose the eTGE model from MAN, which is known for its high reliability in the transport sector,” explained Klaus Schadle, Group Area Managing Director at GLS.