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Mercedes-Benz Vans launches eVito

Mercedes-Benz Vans in Europe has announced plans to offer all its commercial van model lines with electric drive.

The option will be first introduced in  the mid-size eVito, which is now available to order, with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018, with further model ranges to follow, starting with the Sprinter in 2019, Daimler said.

“We are convinced by the necessity of electric drive in our vans, especially in city centre applications," said Volker Mornhinweg, 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 profitability. 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 the new -generation of our Sprinter as well as the Citan.”

Mercedes-Benz Vans is pursuing tailor-made total-system solutions based on dialogue between customers and the specialists at Mercedes-Benz Vans to enable the individual adaptation of operating concepts to meet sector needs, fleet size and driving profile as well as the structural prerequisites for creating a dedicated charging infrastructure on company premises.

With an installed battery capacity of 41.4kWh, the range of the new eVito will be around 150km. The battery can be fully charged in around six hours, while an output of 84kW and up to 300Nm 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.

Initially, the eVito will come in a long-wheelbase version of 5140mm, while the extra-long version measures 5370mm.

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