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March 10, 2020

Mercedes Vans adds BEV passenger model

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has given its Spanish built Vito line what passes for a mid-life facelift these days (the grille is new) and added a battery electric passenger version called the eVito Tourer.

By Olly Wehring

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Vans has given its Spanish built Vito line what passes for a mid-life facelift these days (the grille is new) and added a battery electric passenger version called the eVito Tourer.

An eVito van has been offered since 2018 (the current Vito line dates from 2014 and 507,000 units have been sold). The eTourer has a charging point in the front left bumper and its electric drivetrain powers the front wheels with a peak output of 150 kW. The electric motor, the transmission with fixed transmission ratios, the cooling system and the power electronics form a compact unit.

The lithium-ion battery is under the floor. A top speed of 140 km/h is standard and 160 km/h is optional. 

The minivan comes standard with a water-cooled alternating current charger with an output of 11kW. A CCS charging plug enables DC charging up to 110 kW so the battery can be charged from 10%-80% in under 45 minutes at a rapid charging station. The 90kWh battery permits a claimed range of 421 kilometres. 

Like most BEVs, the new Merc has overrun or braking ‘recuperation’ with the degree of retardation selected by paddles behind the steering wheel.

In the DAuto setting, traffic sign recognition and information from the safety assistance systems are networked and the strength of recuperation is adjusted accordingly. 

Three driving programmes are available. 

The passenger van is offered in two lengths – 5,140mm or 5,370mm. 

Mercedes suggests the two rear bench seats configuration is ideal for “a comfortable shuttle vehicle”. Various options allow for up to nine seats or face to face seating.

A Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Home is available for private buyers and various other charging options are available for fleets. 

The Mercedes PRO Digital eVan Management connectivity package includes remote eCharging which sets the climate control and preheats or cools the van before disconnection from the charger and fleet operators also receive information on the battery charge level and climate control in the vehicle management tool.

For fleet customers in Germany, optional intelligent charging features networking of the vehicle and a compatible charging station. The service enables fleet managers to avoid or at least reduce load spikes and save costs via the optimised electrical connection output.

Range wide Vito changes include a new 176kW diesel engine, optional air suspension, updated Distronic safety aids and active brake assist, improved reversing camera, digital rear view mirror, new infotainment systems, detailed interior changes with new seat covers and that new look radiator grille.

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