Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to electrify all its commercial model ranges over the next few years, starting with the eVito; the second all-electric production model from Mercedes-Benz Vans after the 2010 Vito E-Cell. The eVito will be followed in 2019 by the eSprinter, and then the Citan.
With an installed battery capacity of 41.4 kWh, an output of 84 kW and up to 300 Nm of torque, the range of the new eVito will be around 93 miles. Even in unfavourable conditions such as low outside temperatures and with a full load, it will have a range of 62 miles. The mid-size van is seen as ideal for city-centre use by delivery companies, tradespeople and public transport providers.
When it comes to top speed, the customer can choose between two options: A maximum speed of 50 mph 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 74 mph.
The electric model can accommodate a maximum payload of 1,073 kg 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 kg. The battery can be fully charged in around six hours.
Mercedes-Benz Vans will use an all-electric powertrain developed in-house, from access to the technological resources of Daimler AG, carrying over modular elements from car development.
The Group is investing heavily in electric mobility and making systematic use of the synergies between the car and commercial vehicle divisions. Deutsche Accumotive – a Daimler subsidiary based in Kamenz near Dresden – supplies batteries for the eVito.
Mercedes-Benz Vans will invest a further 150 million euros in the electrification of its commercial line-up over the next years.