As March 2024 draws to a close, EV sales continue to surge for E-Van Guru (EVG), largely driven by improved stock availability and more competitive pricing from various vehicle manufacturers. In the last quarter alone, EVG has successfully delivered all derivatives of electric vehicles, ranging from tippers, drop sides, lutons, small, medium, large panel vans, and specialist vehicles. Among these deliveries is the Mercedes e Vito Tourer 100kwh wheelchair access vehicle (WAV), which was specially built for Annandale Community Transport up in Lockerbie, Scotland.

The project came about after a demo event in July 2023, where EVG was asked to provide a quote for an electric WAV that can comfortably seat five passengers, including a driver, and accommodate a single wheelchair with sufficient range to collect residents from nearby villages. EVG recommended the market-leading Mercedes e Vito Tourer with its 100kw battery and a range of over 200 miles. With the help of their partners at Midlands Truck & Van Ltd in Birmingham, EVG was able to secure a new factory unit to Annandale’s specification within two months of the order.

Using the AMF Bruns WAV system, the vehicle went through conversion, including the installation of a “future-safe” system that provides added protection to the wheelchair occupant. In early March 2024, the EVG team delivered the converted vehicle to Annandale. As is often the case with EVG’s sales, customer referrals played a significant role in securing new EV-based WAV orders, with many of them already in conversion.