Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to offer all its commercial van model lines with electric drive starting with the mid-size eVito in the second half of 2018. Further model ranges will follow, starting in 2019.
Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “We are convinced by the necessity of electric drive in our vans, especially in city centre applications.
“The eVito is the starting point and will be followed by our new-generation Sprinter as well as the Citan.”
The eVito will have a range of around 150 kilometres, top speed of up to 120 km/h, payload of more than 1,000 kg and cargo volume of up to 6.6 cu m.
Mercedes says the van is 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, the customer can choose between two options: A maximum speed of 80 km/h fulfils all requirements in city traffic and urban areas, while conserving energy and increasing range. If more speed is needed, the customer can choose a top speed of up to 120 km/h.
The electric model demonstrates its suitability for everyday use not least with a generous load space. It can accommodate a maximum payload of 1,073 kilograms 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 stands at 3,200 kilograms.