The dependence on fossil fuels and the associated negative environmental balance due to CO2 is nowadays contrasted by an increasing demand and a greater need for mobility. How to reconcile these two seemingly incompatible requirements of a modern society? With innovative mobility and drive concepts that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
The result: The eVito. This will be available from the second half of 2018. After the 2010 Vito E-CELL, the eVito is the second electric model series from Mercedes-Benz Vans. And another series is already in the starting blocks: The eSprinter will be launched in 2019, which will later complete the range of commercial vans with electric drive together with the eCitan.
We are convinced of the necessity of electric drive in our vans, especially in the inner-city.
“We are convinced of the necessity of electric drive in our vans, especially in the inner-city,” says Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “At the same time, the electrification of commercial fleets is not an end in itself, but follows the same economic principles as a classic drive.” After all, meeting economic and competitive transport requirements is a basic requirement. “With our eDrive@VANs initiative, we show that comprehensive mobility solutions that go beyond the drive are a real alternative for commercial customers,” emphasizes Mornhinweg.
The new eVito is a pioneer in its field and the first vehicle to be developed with these comprehensive mobility solutions: Five pillars determine the strategic concept of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Firstly, a comprehensive ecosystem to complement vehicle development, in other words: In the long run, a rigidly produced standard model electric vehicle makes no sense for commercial customers or private individuals – it has to be adapted to the individual requirements and circumstances of the respective sector. The focus is also on economy and low total cost of ownership, as the purchase of an eVito is more expensive, but energy, maintenance costs and taxes are lower.
Electric motors have long since ceased to be unfamiliar territory for Mercedes-Benz Vans. The world’s first fuel cell vehicle appeared as early as 1994: The NECAR 1 (New Electric Car). The MB 100, built from 1988 to 1995, served as the basis for the electrically powered van, in which a fuel cell converted hydrogen and oxygen into water, thereby generating electrical energy. As the predecessor of today’s Vito, the vehicle thus served as the basis for the world’s first electric car. Shortly thereafter, the first production vehicle followed in 1996: The Vito 108 E. The installed 420 kg Zebra battery offered a range of up to 170 km and a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The direct predecessor of the eVito was the Vito E-CELL, whose engine reached an output of 60 kW. Powerful lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 36 kWh gave the van a range of 80 km.
Mercedes-Benz Vans has a new development focus called “Customer Co-Creation” meaning, for example, cooperation with logistics service providers such as Hermes: Together they are starting a pilot project in Stuttgart and Hamburg, in the course of which electric vehicles are used for parcel delivery. By 2020, 1,500 eVitos and eSprinters are to be deployed and the fleet expanded to other cities. In order to make electric vehicles interesting for users and to guarantee optimum satisfaction, Mercedes-Benz Vans continues to rely on proven vehicle concepts and completes them with an electric motor developed in-house. This means that sophisticated module components can be used to produce a high-quality vehicle.
From 2018; available from the second half of the year
Up to 300 Nm
Wheelbase (long; extra long)
5,140 mm; 5,370 mm
Gross vehicle weight