Mercedes-Benz unveils new electric van


Mercedes-Benz has showcased a new electric-powered van which will be released to a limited number of fleet operators later this year.

The manufacturer’s prototype eco-friendly vehicle is based upon its Vito van range and uses lithium-ion battery technology to achieve zero-emission performance.

Its average range will be 130 km, although this can be increased with an appropriate driving style, while it also boasts a full range of standard safety features and lower noise output than traditional vehicles.

Mercedes also promised that there is “no loss in terms of payload or load volume compared to a conventionally-powered Vito and load capacity remains competitive”.

Around 100 of the vehicles will be delivered to 20 customers later on this year before Mercedes moves onto full manufacturing of 2,000 vans in its next phase.

The manufacturer becomes the latest to commit to producing fully electric commercial vehicles, with Renault set to produce a battery-powered version of the Kangoo in 2011.

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