Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to offer all its commercial van model lines with electric drive. This will start with the mid-size eVito in the second half of 2018. Further model ranges will follow, starting in 2019.
The leading van manufacturer presented its holistic electric drive strategy at the eDrive@VANs workshop in Berlin. The focus was not just on the electric van itself, but also on a technological ecosystem tailored specifically to customers’ business needs.
A holistic strategy based on five cornerstones delivers an innovative total-system solution covering the entire value chain of commercial usage. In order to meet this goal, customer co-creation plays a central role in product development, integrating the strategic partner and their sector expertise into the development process.
The new eVito is 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. 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.
Mercedes-Benz electric vans – suitable for everyday use, economical and sector specific
A commercial fleet must be able to meet transport needs economically and competitively – this principle applies regardless of the type of powertrain. If fleet electrification is to compete on equal terms with the classic internal combustion engine, it will need more than the right economic parameters such as the cost of purchasing and operating the vehicles. Just as important from the perspective of total cost of ownership is the integration of a robust charging infrastructure as well as comprehensive service and maintenance management.
Attractive launch programme for the eVito mid-size van
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. The line-up will then be rounded off by the Citan. The commercial model ranges with electric drive will thus cover all requirements from people moving to goods transport.
The new eVito – 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 m3
With an installed battery capacity of 41.4 kWh, 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 have a range of 100 kilometres.
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, 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.
Next milestone in the adVANce strategic future initiative
Mercedes-Benz Vans is driving the transition from pure vehicle manufacturer to provider of holistic mobility solutions with the adVANce strategic future initiative launched in autumn 2016.
The strategic reorientation is also a response to the core challenges of current megatrends – increasing urbanisation with growing traffic levels in urban areas, stricter requirements for air purity and the demand for sustainable mobility.
Under the adVANce umbrella, the brand with the three-pointed star will have invested around 500 million euros by 2020 in areas such as the integration of a wide range of connectivity solutions into its vans, innovative hardware solutions for the van sector and new mobility concepts.