Mercedes-Benz Vans has revealed the ‘eVito’ ahead of it’s predicted launch in the second half 2018. The eVito is a pure-electric production model of the mid-size Vito van and will be followed by the other Mercedes-Benz Van models starting in 2019.
The eVito will be powered by an electric motor with 84kW of power and 300Nm of torque, hooked up to a 41.4kWh battery pack.
Mercedes-Benz claims that the eVito can drive 150km on a single charge. Even in ‘unfavourable conditions’ (e.g. low temperatures, full load), the commercial vehicle manufacturer says the electric van should still achieve a driving range of 100km.
Charging the battery to full capacity takes “around six hours”, while the top speed is rated at 120km/h.
In addition to the eVito, Mercedes-Benz Vans says it plans to electrify all of its commercial model ranges over the next few years, with the eSprinter next to come in 2019. Rounding out the range will be an electric version of the Citan.
Both ‘standard’ long-wheelbase and extra-long-wheelbase versions will be offered, while the first 1000 customers to order their eVito on the company’s European microsite will get a complimentary ‘service package’ which includes a Wallbox charging system.
The German manufacturer also aims to provide a “holistic ecosystem” to help businesses and tradespeople buy, charge and maintain their electric vans, including connectivity solutions such as mobile apps, and driver training programmes for electric fleets.
“We are convinced by the necessity of electric drive in our vans, especially in city centre applications. That said, electrification of the commercial fleet is not an end in itself, but follows the same principles as a classic drive when it comes to commercial feasibility. With our eDrive@VANs initiative, we’re showing that only holistic mobility solutions extending beyond the drive itself present a real alternative for commercial customers. The eVito is the starting point and will be followed by our new-generation Sprinter as well as the Citan”, says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.