Commercial electric vehicles (EVs) are being added to fleets at a growing rate for a myriad of reasons, from social responsibility to cost savings. The benefits of introducing EVs into fleets, also called fleet electrification, is a perfect match for the last mile delivery industry. EVs are ideal in cities and stop-and-go situations since they charge through regenerative braking.
In a regenerative braking system, a vehicle’s kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy and charges the battery when the brakes are applied.
Fleet Electrification Overview
There are many benefits to fleet electrification. When you convert your fleet to EVs, you’ll enjoy fewer service appointments, lower maintenance costs, and reduced downtime leading to an increase in productivity. EVs require less maintenance than gas-powered vehicles since they have fewer fluids to be replaced, and don’t contain as many moving parts as gas-powered engines. Merchants Fleet offers flexible leasing, renting, purchasing, and selling options to support your business and EV initiatives. Our EV-trained, industry-experienced, and extensive vendor network allows us to partner with businesses to maximize all aspects of their fleet.
Delivery/Logistics/Last Mile EV Types
There are a variety of EV delivery vans available, with more models in the pipeline from many manufacturers. Merchants Fleet has a large inventory of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) from top OEMs such as Ford, GM, Tesla, and more. Browse the EV finder, which includes box trucks, trailer trucks, step vans, cargo vans, and other body styles.
BrightDrop Zevo 400
Vehicle Type: Step Van
Weight Class: 2
Sub-Type: Light Duty
Gross vehicle weight range (estimate): 7,000 pounds
Electric Range: 250 miles
BrightDrop Zevo 600
Vehicle Type: Step Van
Weight Class: 2
Sub-Type: Light Duty
Gross vehicle weight range (estimate): 9,990 pounds
Unsure about which EVs are right for your fleet? Merchants can help you develop a customized fleet pilot program, which is a trial period that allows fleet managers to discover how to best incorporate EVs into their fleet.
Rental Program Details
Delivery & Pick Up Included
3,000 Free Miles Per Month / .25 Additional Miles
Can Convert to A Long-Term Lease
Flexible Terms Available
Large Capacity [357 to 600 Cubic Feet]
Box Trucks [16 Feet, 900 Cubic Feet]
Pickups [½ and ¾ Ton, 6-Foot Beds]
You can compare EVs by price, range, type, and more with our EV Finder Tool.
EV Rent-to-Lease Program
The EV rent-to-lease is ideal for expanding existing routes and taking on new ones. With this exclusive program, you can rent an EV for immediate use and have the option to convert that vehicle to a long-term lease.
How It Works
When transitioning to a long-term lease from a rental agreement, vehicle rental “credit” or past payments can be used toward lease fees or negotiated discounts.
A long-term lease term will begin using agreed upon terms and a transition period to calculate the monthly lease payment
EV Leasing & Funding Program
Lease your vehicles through Merchants with flexible leasing and funding terms to fit your long-term delivery needs. When you lease, you only pay for the portion of the vehicle that you use and access a full suite of fleet management services, all in one simple package.
Available EVs Delivered Right to You
Upfitting & Branding to Your Specifications
Access To Fleet Software and Telematics to Manage Fleet
Vehicle Acquisition, Tag and Title, and Remarketing Services Available
Access to EV Fleet Expert Consulting
EV Purchase Program
Prefer to purchase your EVs outright? At Merchants Fleet, our vehicle inventory is updated regularly so you always have the latest selection to choose from. We can also deliver the vehicle directly to you!
Our purchase program includes:
Easy, Fast Access to Commercial Vehicles
Transportation & Financing Options Available
Ability to Use Full Suite of Merchants Solutions With Purchased Vehicle
EV Own-to-Lease Program
Free up cash flow for your organization through Merchants Fleets’ Own-to-Lease Program. Merchants will purchase your organization’s current vehicles, providing a quick cash infusion through the sale. Those vehicles are then leased back to you with terms that make sense for the remaining useful life of the vehicles. The entire process is completed with minimal hassle without disrupting your organization’s day-to-day operations.
Convert Owned Vehicles to Leases
Consolidate Leases With One Provider
Opportunity For Depreciation Schedules to Be Repositioned More Appropriately To Service Term
EV Sell Program
Sell your ICE vehicles and get a cash infusion that can be put towards EVs. Our GuaranteeBUY program can offer you a guaranteed price upfront for your vehicles. Our remarketing experts will assess your vehicle using their industry expertise and marketplace data to determine the appropriate value. Get cash now through our quick and easy process that saves you the hassle of selling at auction or other resale outlets. We can handle the resale process, and you can use the proceeds to start your EV journey.
Call Center With ASE-Certified Specialists and Trained EV Consultants
Avoid Paying for Unnecessary Work
Reduce Administrative Burden and Downtime
Comprehensive EV Reporting Dashboard
Power Analytics to Support Your Business
Manage Your Drivers in a Meaningful Way
Manage Expenses, Productivity, Compliance, and Safety
Easily Monitor Emissions, Speed and Idle Times, System Diagnostics, and Much More with Advanced Vehicle Data
“Since partnering with Merchants Fleet last year, their professional team members have provided excellent service and offered innovative solutions to address our unique needs. Merchants has proven to be a top-tier fleet management company, exceeding our expectations on all levels.”
“My experience has been one of overwhelming delight. Merchants facilitates the expansion of Novus Ag business possibilities with their experienced professional staff by engaging in supporting activities. Allowing Novus Ag to lease short term vehicles while factory ordering enables us to save tens of thousands while immediately placing the employee in a high-quality truck. From permitting Novus to lease agricultural, material handling assets, to fuel and maintenance programs, we consider them a valuable partner.”
Corporate Services - Fleet, Novus Ag, LLC
“Floor Coverings International is proud to partner with Merchants Fleet. Their responsiveness and consultative approach has been beneficial to us and our franchise partners.”
Director of Merchandising, Floor Coverings International
Average fleet vehicles receive maintenance almost 6 times per year.
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