Electric vehicles: Mercedes powered

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Mercedes decided to offer a 100% electric version of each of its LCV models. The first proposed is the eVito, then follow the eSprinter that shares the same chain of traction.

To offer a solution to companies facing traffic restrictions for thermal or environmentally friendly vehicles, Mercedes has developed a 100% electric version of its Vito. This eVito will be marketed at the end of the year, the first deliveries to take place in France in early 2019 . All Vito, van and Tourer models, standard or extended, will be available in 100% electric. The desire of the German manufacturer is to offer this version to a maximum of “compatible” companies. To make it known, Mercedes has developed the eVan Ready application that allows users to check, taking into account the actual operating conditions, whether the eVito are adapted or not to their needs. The eVans solution allows the feedback of information from vehicles or the integration of an intelligent charging infrastructure, thus making it possible to offer the most interesting TCO.

eVito then eSprinter

All eVito receive the same battery with a capacity of 41.4 kWh offering a range of about 150 km, with a hundred kilometers guaranteed by the manufacturer in all circumstances. Six hours of charging are required to fully charge the battery. The engine has a power of 84 kW (114 hp) with a maximum torque of 300 Nm. In its standard version, the maximum speed is 80 km / h; it can be increased to 120 km / h, to the detriment of autonomy . The useful volume is identical to that of the thermal versions, the batteries being located under the floor of the vehicle. The eVito is very successful. It distills a high driving pleasure, all in an impressive operating silence, as always with electric vehicles. The accelerations are frank, the behavior of heading and the comfort very high. The maximum speed is easily and quickly reached. With a command, it is possible to manage the different modes of energy recovery, more or less important. After a very short training time, it is possible to “play” with these modes to achieve the desired deceleration without touching the brake pedal, if not to finish the immobilization of the vehicle. This is particularly effective and relevant in the city. The sale price of eVito starts at 39 900 euros in Germany, the price in France is not yet determined. To complete its offer, Mercedes is developing a 100% electric version of its new Sprinter. This future competitor of the Renault Master ZE, Gruau Electron II and other Maxus EV80 resumes the eVito drivetrain with, in particular, the engine which develops a maximum power of 84 kW (114 hp) and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. installed battery is 55 kWh, allowing a maximum autonomy of about 150 kilometers, with a maximum payload of 900 kg. For the moment, the prototypes that we were able to test on a very small circuit, were only panel vans. However, Mercedes should offer a wider range of versions at the launch of the eSprinter, running in 2019. To complete its offer of 100% electric light commercial vehicles, the star brand can rely on the replacement of the current Citan, which should be launched in 2020 and will have an eCitan version .

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Towards a hydrogen Sprinter

In addition to these 100% electric versions, the manufacturer continues its work on the fuel cell. The progress has been immense since the Necar 1 prototype, based on MB 100, in 1994. The fuel cell then filled the cargo area of ​​the van; today, it takes place under the hood of the Sprinter, thus preserving the useful volume; moreover this Sprinter F-Cell can be a van or chassis-cabin. A prototype chassis with a motorhome cell has been realized. With four hydrogen tanks, a total capacity of 7.4 kg of gas, the range is 500 kilometers with zero emissions . To this, it is necessary to add the 30 kilometers authorized by the storage battery. The electric motor has a power of 147 kW (200 hp) with a torque of 350 Nm. Still in the prototype state, the Sprinter F-Cell proves, once again, the progress of Mercedes in terms of vehicle to Fuel cell.