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Mercedes to launch eVito in 2018

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to offer all its commercial van model lines with electric drive. This will start with the mid-size eVito, which is now available to order, with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018. Further model ranges will follow, starting in 2019. The leading van manufacturer presented its holistic electric drive strategy at the [email protected] workshop in Berlin. The focus was not just on the electric van itself, but also on a technological ecosystem tailored specifically to customers’ business needs. A holistic strategy based on five cornerstones delivers an innovative total-system solution covering the entire value chain of commercial usage. In order to meet this goal, customer co-creation plays a central role in product development, integrating the strategic partner and their industry expertise into the development process. The new eVito is the first production vehicle to have been developed using this strategic approach.

“We are convinced by the necessity of electric drive in our vans, especially in city centre applications. That said, electrification of the commercial fleet is not an end in itself, but follows the same principles as a classic drive when it comes to profitability. With our [email protected] initiative, we’re showing that only holistic mobility solutions extending beyond the drive itself present a real alternative for commercial customers. The eVito is the starting point and will be followed by the new -generation of our Sprinter as well as the Citan”, says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to electrify all its commercial model ranges over the next few years, starting with the eVito. The second all-electric production model from Mercedes-Benz Vans after the 2010 Vito E-Cell starts at 39 990 euros (in Germany excl. VAT). The exclusive pre-ordering phase for the mid-size van begins today in Germany, with market launch scheduled for the second half of 2018. The first 1000 orders on the www.jetzt-elektroVAN.mercedes-benz.de microsite will also be rewarded with a service package including Wallbox. The eVito will be followed in 2019 by the eSprinter. The line-up will then be rounded off by the Citan. The commercial model ranges with electric drive will thus cover all requirements from people moving to goods transport

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