Mercedes-Benz has made a commitment to offering a full range of electric commercial vehicles from minivans to semi-trucks. Starting with the smallest segment, Mercedes introduced Monday the eVito in Germany.
It has a range of about 93 miles from a 41-kwh lithium-ion battery. On a Level 2 charger it can be fully recharged in six hours. Its electric motor delivers 113 horsepower and 221 foot-pounds of torque. The electric version is available in both long and short wheelbase models for maximum flexibility for customers and can carry 2,310 pounds of cargo.
The next electric commercial vehicle in Mercedes’s lineup will be an electric version of its larger and more popular Sprinter vans, the eSprinter, which will debut next year.
The eSprinter will come only as a high roof panel van and will offer 3 battery configurations ranging from 41 kwh with 71 miles of range to 55 kwh with 93 miles of range.
The smaller batteries offer a bigger payload of up to 2,290 pounds. It uses the same 113-horsepower, 221 foot-pound electric motor as the eVito. Mercedes says the motor produces the same power as the base diesel engine in the Sprinter. There is still no right hand drive versions built so do not expect to see these efficient delivery vehicle anytime soon here in Malaysia and SEA.