Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to make all of their commercial vans electric. And to support the claim it has introduced an all-electric van called eVito, which can travel about 93 miles on a single charge!!
The German auto conglomerate stated that it will add electric systems to all of its commercial van coming over the next few years. Starting with the brand new eVito model in 2018, followed by two more e-variants, the eSprinter and Citan, in 2019. Mercedes-Benz Vans has pledged to invest 150 million euros (about $176.2 million) for the project.
The electrification effort begins with the eVito, which has a projected all-electric range of about 93 miles per charge, a top speed of 75 mph, and the capability to carry payloads of more than 2,200 pounds. The automaker says the vans’ range cuts down to around 62 miles with a full payload, however, and a full charge takes roughly six hours.
“We are convinced by the necessity of electric drive in our vans, especially in city center applications,” said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, in a statement. “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.”
Daimler has had an excellent past in the auto industry and has arguably been one of the most aggressive established automakers to pursue electrification. Yet they have some tough competition in the market from couple of other auto giants.
They are not the only ones with big plans for the future of transportation. Volkswagen, for example committed to investing $40 billion into electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles earlier this month. Whereas the General Motors is making moves to launch 20 electric cars by 2023.
Then there is Tesla and UPS, both with the same motive as Daimler and Mercedes; to convert the vehicles to all electric. UPS hopes to convert nearly 1,500 of their trucks in New York City to electric by 2020. Whereas Tesla is using Model X and Model S designs to redesigns their service vans.
It would be interesting to see how this all turns out to be, considering we have got some major players going against each other in the market, some great results in the auto world are expected.