Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a battery-powered version of its popular Vito van. The electric Mercedes Vito van was presented at the EU Competitiveness Council meeting in Spain and ditches any form of internal combustion engine.
The Vito uses a set of lithium ion batteries to power a motor which, in turn, drives the front wheels. Top speed is an electronically limited 50mph and the Vito can average more than 80 miles between juice-ups.
Mercedes says there is no loss in terms of payload or load volume compared with a conventionally-powered Vito, and that the vehicle is still subjected to the same rigorous crash tests with regard to passive safety.
Though still a prototype – the Vito is the outcome of research and development activities at Daimler AG – Mercedes will supply 100 electric Vito vans to a group of 20 fleet operators and public institutions, who are keen to transport items in environmentally sensitive zones with zero emissions and low noise.
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