Mercedes-Benz Vans: Proven all-electric drive: the Vito E-CELL

The Mercedes-Benz Vans portfolio includes strong partners of all sizes, geared to providing efficient transport: the Citan urban delivery van, the Vito mid-size van, the V-Class MPV or perhaps the large-size Sprinter van.

Proof that the transport of both people and goods can be achieved without any emissions whatsoever has been provided since 2010 by the electric-powered Vito E-CELL. Since then some 900 examples of this van, configured for a payload of 900 kg, have gone into operation with customers. At the end of the four-year leasing period the electric Vito models are still in such good condition that customers are being given the opportunity to extend their contract by a further two years. This two-year offer is also being made to new customers. Demand well exceeds supply. The Vito E-CELL is also being offered through CharterWay on a short-term rental basis. Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans: "Personally, I am firmly of the belief that the future of delivery services in our cities will be largely 'electric'. Which is why we continue to press forward with our work in this field."

Accommodated under the bonnet of the Vito are the electric motor, power electronics, transformer and an AC/DC charger. The electric motor delivers an output of 60 kW in conjunction with maximum torque of 280 Nm. The powerful and durable lithium-ion traction batteries located underneath the load-compartment floor have a capacity of 36 kWh and allow a real-life range of at least 80 km.

Eco-friendly and economical: the Sprinter 316 NGT

A particularly economical and eco-friendly option is available in the form of the Sprinter with Natural Gas Drive. This can take on board a pressurised gas tank with a capacity of 125 litres or a liquid gas tank holding 210 litres. The van is available as a 316 NGT in monovalent or bivalent variants. In the monovalent variant, premium grade petrol is used purely for starting purposes or as a reserve - the tank holds 15 litres. The bivalent variant has a petrol tank with a capacity of 100 litres and thus a phenomenal range. The engine is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit with an output of 115 kW/156 hp and 240 Nm of torque.

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