Mercedes-Benz commits to electric van future
Mercedes-Benz has vowed to accelerate its investment in electric commercial vehicle technologies with a view to being the market leader in electric-powered vans. Unveiling what it calls the adVANce strategy, Mercedes-Benz say they aim to create solutions that can make the transportation of goods and passengers more efficient and open up new business opportunities and economic benefits for customers.
One of the cornerstones of the vision is a 75kW electric-drive van that is currently being trialled by Mercedes-Benz. Featuring a range of up to 270km, the “Vision Van”, has been designed for last-mile delivery applications in urban and suburban environments. It even has its own integrated delivery drones to get the packages from the van to your door-step!
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Van features a fully automated cargo space. Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, says big changes are coming to vans and delivery vehicles in coming years.
“With the Vision Van from Mercedes-Benz Vans we provide an idea of future generations of vans: the intelligent automation technology connects the entire process, from loading and transportation by road through to delivery to the consignee.
“This makes it easier for the deliverer to do business and rapidly reduces the delivery time for end customers,”
“Equipped with an electric drive system, the Vision Van not only operates locally emission-free, it also moves almost silently.
“This means that it can be operated in cities even during times when there are traffic restrictions or for late-night deliveries in residential areas.
“This gives our customers the possibility of offering new services to their customers.”