__Mercedes-Benz has taken the criticism their electric vans took for low ranges on the chin and taken steps to sort it out quickly. The news has just dropped that the Mercedes-Benz eVito medium panel van will now provide drivers with 162 miles of range - a huge improvement on the previous version’s 93-mile range. Vanarama reports. __
Mercedes-Benz makes some fabulous vans - they’re famed for build quality and durability. But when it comes to electric vans, the German manufacturer has been left behind by others whose battery-powered vans go quite a bit further between charges. Thankfully, that’s all changed with the news that the eVito medium van will now offer a 150-mile-plus range.
What Is The New eVito’s Range?
The eVito’s large van brother, the eSprinter, has an official range of just 96 miles, only slightly better than the previous eVito’s range of just 93 miles. Van drivers were quick to voice their concerns - especially in a marketplace where 200-mile-plus ranges aren’t unheard of.
Mercedes-Benz, never ones to lie down and admit defeat, have announced the revised eVito will now boast a 66kWh battery (previously 41kWh) giving the van a far more competitive official range of up to 162 miles (WLTP). It will also benefit from a rapid DC charging facility - allowing a 10% to 80% charge to be completed in just 35 minutes. If you have access to an 11kw AC wall charger at home or work, you’ll be able to charge the van in a convenient 6.5 hours.
What Else Is New On The New eVito?
To be blunt, the rest of the van is more or less unchanged from the previous model. It’s available in L2 and L3 body lengths and can now be ordered in ‘Premium’ trim level, which includes features like metallic paint, alloy wheels and parking sensors.
Peak power output is 116hp and the van has a competitive payload of around 807kg with a load volume in its L3 guise of 6.6 cubic metres. The van comes with a 3-year/unlimited mileage warranty with the battery cover extending to 8 years or 160,000kms.
Overall, a solid improvement on the first version of the eVito. As soon as we get our hands on one, we’ll give it a proper road test and report back.
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