Merc’s passenger van has gained a battery-electric powertrain and a new name: the eVito Tourer. However, you cannot buy one (at least not yet) because it’s been launched for the BerlKonig ride-sharing service in Berlin, as part of the ViaVan joint-venture that also operates in Amsterdam, London and Milton Keynes.
Joining the eVito Panel Van, the new eVito Tourer is powered by an electric motor that delivers 85 kW (116 PS / 114 hp) and 295 Nm (218 lb-ft) of torque. It features a 41 kWh battery mounted in the underbody, which offers a range of 156-186 km (97-116 miles), on a single charge, which takes six hours to top up.
The new electric van will accommodate up to nine occupants, can tailored to individual requirements by choosing from several seating variants, and is available in two different lengths (5,140 mm and 5,370 mm – 202.4-211.4 in). No matter what configuration is selected, the maximum gross weight is 3,200 kg (7,055 lbs).
“The integration of the world’s first eVito Tourers in our fleet is a further step towards our goal of co-operating with towns and public transport providers in order to make urban mobility more sustainable”, said ViaVan Berlin’s General Manager, Valerie von der Tann. “We’re glad that today already over half of our fleet in Berlin runs on electrical power. By the end of 2020, we want to see our entire fleet in Berlin equipped with electric drives.”
Aside from the two versions of the eVito, Mercedes-Benz Vans will expand its portfolio with the eSprinter that will launch later this year. Moreover, the production version of the Concept EQV, which was shown in Geneva this spring, will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.