Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to offer all its commercial van model lines with electric drive, starting with the mid-sized eVito in the second half of next year.  The eSprinter will follow in 2019, and then the eCitan.

The range of the new eVito will be around 150 kilometres.  Even in unfavourable conditions such as low outside temperatures and with a full load, it will still have a range of 100km.  The mid-size van is thus perfectly configured for city-centre use by delivery companies, tradespeople and public transport providers.

The battery can be fully charged in around six hours, while an output of 84 kW and up to 300 newton metres of torque deliver dynamic performance.

When it comes to top speed, customers will be able to choose between two options – a maximum speed of 80 km/h in city traffic and urban areas, conserving energy and increasing range.  However, if more speed is needed, a top speed of up to 120kmh can be selected.

The electric Vito will be able to accommodate a maximum payload of 1,073kgs, and a maximum load volume of 6.6 m3.  Installation of the battery beneath the vehicle contributes to the unrestricted usability of the entire load space.  The maximum gross vehicle weight is 3,200kgs.

Mercedes-Benz Vans presented a holistic electric drive strategy at its eDrive@VANs workshop in Berlin last month.  The focus was not just on the electric van itself, but also on a technological ecosystem tailored specifically to customers’ business needs.  Customer co-creation will play a central role in product development, and the new eVito will be the first production vehicle to have been developed using this strategic approach.

“We are convinced by the necessity of electric drive in our vans, especially in city centre applications,” explained Volker Mornhinweg, the Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.  “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 Mercedes-Benz Vans electric mobility strategy is based on five cornerstones – a holistic ecosystem, sector focus, commercial feasibility, customer co-creation and technology transfer.