Mercedes-Benz Vans has confirmed their launch into the electric van market after they announced in Berlin, at an e-van event, that they would be launching three new electric models, in what is described as a ‘holistic electric drive strategy’.
The new strategy has been outlined by Mercedes-Benz Vans and aims to deliver a technological eco-system tailored specifically to customers’ individual business needs, along with bringing the new electric versions of the Vito, Citan and the next generation Sprinter to market.
The three new electric versions of Mercedes-Benz Vans will begin to go on sale of next year according to the company:
- eVito will be based on the current Vito and will go on sale from 2018 (2019 in the United Kingdom)
- eSprinter will be based on the next generation Sprinter which is to go on sale in 2018 and the electric model will be on sale in 2019
- Mercedes-Benz Vans have not yet given any details towards the Citan but is expected to follow suit and be called the ‘eCitan’
Mercedes eVito technical specification:
The new eVito is based on the Vito model first introduced in 2015, and is the follow-up to the previous Mercedes Vito E-Cell electric van, which went into limited production in 2010.
With a 41.4kWh battery pack, Mercedes says the new eVito will have a driving range of ‘around’ 93 miles (150km) on a single charge – and still manage 62 miles (100km) in low temperatures when carrying a full load.
Not massively far, but enough for daily urban use in the most polluted cities in the UK, Mercedes reckons.
In this configuration, the eVito will have a charging time of six hours, while the 84kW electric motor (equivalent to 114hp – the same as the Vito 111 CDI diesel) produces 300Nm of instant torque. Top speed can be limited to 50mph to maximise range, or 75mph if you need greater performance.
Maximum payload for the eVito will be 1,037kg, and it has 6.6 cubic metres of load volume – so it’s spacious but not going to be ideal for particularly heavy loads due to the weight of the electric drive technology (particularly the batteries).
In fact, given the maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) is 3,200kg, we can tell you it must have a kerb weight of 2,163kg, which is as much as 200kg more than a conventional Vito.
Mercedes eSprinter technical specification:
The new eSprinter will be based upon the next generation Sprinter which is set to hit the roads in 2018.
Mercedes-Benz Vans confirmed that the payload of the vehicle will be 1,250kg and have a range of 68 miles, which again doesn’t sound a lot but would suit urban use especially with new regulations being introduced in London and with plans for most major cities across the UK to introduce Ultra Low Emission Zones.
The drive components are designed to go under the bonnet like any other Sprinter engine, and can apparently be fitted on the regular production line, showing you just how integrated the electric van is into the new Sprinter line up.
The eSprinter is available as front-wheel drive, which will also be an option with the new Sprinter as Mercedes try to adapt it’s products for all parts of the industry to fulfil demand.
As is typical for an electric van, the battery pack fits beneath the load floor, meaning load volume will be exactly the same as regular models.
A quick charging option means the eSprinter can be fully recharged in 30-60 minutes.