Mercedes-Benz Vans has unveiled its strategic future initiative ‘adVANce’ for the transport industry. This sees the division systematically taking up its customers’ changing requirements.
The transformation of the industry is the result of various economic and social trends, among them urbanisation, the growth in e-commerce, the intelligent networking of a wide range of technologies in the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), and the proliferation of platform-based business models.
Mercedes-Benz Vans is systematically making use of present-day and future technological opportunities presented by digitalisation, automation and robotics. The business division is developing from a mere vehicle manufacturer into a provider of system solutions and will offer integrated and intelligent systems in addition to its basic vehicles in the future.
These solutions can make the transportation of goods and passengers even more efficient and open up new business opportunities and economic benefits for customers.
“In the first six months of this year, we brought in the best results yet for Mercedes-Benz Vans. This provides us with an excellent foundation to position our vans division systematically for the future,” said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, at today’s Van Innovation Campus in Stuttgart.
“To live up to the dramatic changes in our sector, we adapt our ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global’ strategy and expand it beyond the product and untapped international markets. We are focusing our attention beyond the vehicle on the entire value chain and business environment of our customers. We provide transport solutions for the digital age and evolve the van into an intelligent, interconnected data centre on wheels. In order to do this, we are investing around half a billion euros over the next five years, and we created a separate organisational unit. So far, this approach is unique within the van sector.”
With the adVANce initiative, Mercedes-Benz Vans is systematically adapting to new, rapidly changing customer requirements. Examples include the burgeoning business in food and everyday necessities ordered online. Here, demand for same-day delivery or delivery within an hour is increasing rapidly.
Mercedes-Benz Vision Van concept
The new Vision Van concept from Mercedes-Benz Vans is a revolutionary light commercial study for the urban environment. As an integrated system, the vehicle merges a number of innovative technologies for delivery operations and in the process, it sets the standard of performance requirements and solutions for future generations of vans.
The Vision Van evolved as part of the strategic future initiative adVANce. The company is underscoring this strategy with the Vision Van as a visible manifestation of its innovative strength. The Vision Van boasts an unprecedented level of connectivity of information and technologies. It is the first van worldwide to serve as an integrated concept for a completely digitally connected process chain, from the goods distribution depot to the consignee.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Van features a fully automated cargo space, integrated drones for autonomous air deliveries and a state-of-the-art joystick control. Powered by a 75 kW electric drive system with a range of up to 270 km, deliveries with the Vision Van are locally emission-free.
The electric drive system additionally guarantees that it will remain possible to operate the Vision Van in inner-city zones where the introduction of bans on vehicles with internal combustion engines is planned. The virtually silent electric drive system facilitates late deliveries in residential areas for the purposes of same-day delivery.
With more and more people are living in cities – by 2030 urban areas will be home to more than two thirds of the world’s population. It is clear that the rising transportation requirements will need to be met even faster and more efficiently in future and, above all, in an environmentally friendly way. In the coming weeks, I will bring you more on the remarkable planned asVANce developments from Mercedes-Benz Commercials.