Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer / Large-scale electric worker

Mercedes-Benz was one of the first to react to the market situation and bring a pair of large electric MPVs. This category has so far been circumvented by electric car manufacturers, and even if an electric car with more space appeared on the market, there have always been a large number of compromises, especially in terms of range and charging speed. After the EQV300 model, which belongs to the premium class, also comes the new eVito, which you can have in the utility version or, as in our case, in the Tourer version. Unlike the EQV300, which is also intended for private users, the eVito is intended more for commercial use, whether for commercial passenger transport such as a hotel shuttle, a large taxi, a staff delivery vehicle, or a shared driving vehicle. In the Tourer version, the cab can be configured for 6 to 9 people. The eVito uses the EQV platform and, although the battery is not exactly the same type, it has the same total capacity of 100 kWh. The usable capacity is also 90 kWh. The front axle is driven by the same powertrain (eATS), which integrates an energy converter, a fixed gearbox, a cooling system as well as power electronics. It achieves an output of up to 150 kW. A three-phase water-cooled charger with an output of 11 kW and a DC charger with an output of 50 kW are supplied as standard. For an additional fee, it is possible to expand up to 110 kW. You can charge the battery to 100% from a discharged state in less than 10 hours. On a powerful quick charger you can charge from 10 to 80% in 45 minutes, on a 50 kW charger it will take almost 100 minutes. However, the manufacturer states a range of 360 km according to WLTP, which guarantees that you will not be on the chargers as often. In our testing, we achieved a mileage of 420 km when driving through districts + the city with a gentle ride, but normally the real range is 340 – 370 km. On the highway you can count on 240 – 300 km depending on the weather and outdoor temperature. In any case, it should be noted that mileage will certainly not be a limiting factor in the use of the vehicle and will not currently find many competitors when comparing transport capacity and mileage.

The main difference between the eVito Tourer and the EQV300 is, in addition to the exterior design and comfortable design, mainly in the technological equipment, which is, of course, lower in the case of the eVito. I had the opportunity to test both vehicles with a break of one week and thanks to that I was able to compare them very well. The eVito is equipped with a simple multimedia system with an 8.5 “touch screen, around which there are mechanical buttons for access to the main functions. right after connecting the smartphone with Android Auto, with which the system worked for example, although, unfortunately, only via cable. because about a third of it protrudes outwards from the compartment, but it turned out that the designers probably knew what they were doing, because my fears that the mobile phone would slip out of the compartment when accelerating were not even confirmed. to control some other functions, such as driving dynamics, hazard warning lights, etc., and below is the control panel air conditioning. To my delight, it is also mechanical and also allows you to control the air conditioning section for the rear.

The instrument panel consists of a pair of hand speed and power indicators. Two additional hand indicators are embedded in them, one showing the battery charge status and the other the available power. In the center of the instrument panel is a monochrome LCD display showing data from the on-board computer and other systems. I evaluate positively that the battery status in percent can also be displayed here, which many electric cars do not allow. As I mentioned, the technological equipment is poorer, in our case the vehicle was equipped only with ordinary cruise control, although it can be paid extra for adaptive. However, there were safety systems for detecting obstacles and pedestrians with automatic braking. The lighting, which is completely under the baton of LED technology, was not spared, including adaptive headlights with full automation.

As I mentioned in the introduction, the eVito Tourer is primarily a large electric car for comfortable passenger transport. Sliding doors on both sides, although in this case without electric control, and large rear doors make it easier for passengers to board. In our case, they were also without electrical control, so closing them required the use of more force. The CCS Combo charging connector is located in the left front corner, as with the EQV. This placement proved to be very practical, because even if you come to the charger from the other side, since the connector is right in front, the length of the cable is always enough for you.

The car is very well driven. Thanks to the torque of 362 Nm, the flexibility of the drive system is sufficient for normal driving as well as for overtaking. The maximum speed is limited to 140 km / h as standard, optionally to 160 km / h. The possibility of recuperation control in 4 stages manually or in automatic mode also contributes to the excellent efficiency of the vehicle. You can also pay extra for the Airmatic air chassis, but it was not in our equipment and nevertheless the car coped quite well with our sometimes off-road districts. However, due to the weight, care must be taken especially when driving wet, when the vehicle is understeered. The powerful double air conditioning also coped with the summer heat, which reached more than 30 ° C during the test. Unfortunately, even for high consumption, the air conditioning cannot be started remotely via a smartphone if the car is not connected to the charger.

The Mercedes Pro Connect mobile application is also interesting in this context. It is aimed at professional users and the company fleet and is quite different from the consumer Mercedes Me. It allows you to manage multiple cars in administrator mode and track their location and driving. It also allows rights to be allocated to individual drivers, who can then check basic vehicle data and control charging or air conditioning.

In any case, the Mercedes eVito is a very interesting electric car, offering a large transport capacity combined with a long range, simple operation and excellent charging options.

Specifications:

• Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer, battery capacity 100 (90) kWh, front-wheel drive, engine power 150 kW, torque 362 Nm, DC charging type CCS, max. power 110 kW, AC charging Type 2, 3f / 11 kW, max. speed 140 (160) km / h, range 360 ​​km, consumption according to manufacturer 28-28,2 kWh / 100 km

FACTS, MINUSES:

+ Transport capacity, range over 350 km, charging options, driving characteristics, recuperation options
– Start air conditioning remotely only when the charger is connected

• Model price (EUR with VAT): 68 105 EUR, test vehicle: 79 428 EUR

TESTS:

• Consumption in the test (kWh / 100 km): 24.2
• Range in the test (km): 330-420
• AC charging power on 11 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• AC charging power on 22 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• Max. DC charging power, charger 50 kW (kW): 50
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 99
• Max. DC charging power UFC charger 350 kW (kW): 111
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 45

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