Situation – Mercedes-Benz light commercial vehicles – Car engine

If you want to be cool, trendy, progressive, start with the e-letter: e-mobility, e-car, and even e-magine at Mercedes. After all, as they say, the imagination can embrace the whole world, or even more. Landing on Earth (or even e-Earth), one of the main goals is climate- and carbon-neutral driving, transport, replacing the internal combustion engine with electricity without local emissions.

Switching over three model generations
Mercedes will do whatever it takes to show its plans on a quick time travel. It announced in 2019 that it wants to offer a completely carbon-neutral portfolio within 20 years – so in a very short time of less than three model lifecycles. The ideal terrain for electric propulsion is “last mile” transport. The brand adapts Ambition’s 2039 strategy to the market environment. According to his plans, he will be able to offer an electric model in all segments in 2022, and 25% of his sales this year will be plug-in hybrid and purely battery-electric cars. In 2025, all models will have a purely electric version, and by 2030, the share of hybrids and electric cars will reach 50%, with the premium segment dominating. At the same time, the fully electric portfolio appears, in markets where infrastructure and the environment allow.

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The brand’s electric light commercial vehicle offerings include eCitan, eVito, eVito Tourer, eSprinter, EQV and the undiscovered EQT. Here I will mention some features of e-transport (generally valid): charging times are valid for a 70% recovery of battery capacity (because the process slows down); only about 90% of the electricity that can actually be removed is rated because the system does not allow itself to be discharged to zero and the warranty only covers 70% of the original capacity.

eVito PanelVan
The loading capacity of the electric van is the same as that of the conventional powertrain models, but the trailer cannot be towed by eVito. Both diesel and eVito are available with a total weight of 2,800 and 3,200 kilograms, respectively. Due to the three battery modules under the floor, the height has been slightly increased (31 mm), the free height is 141 millimeters unloaded and 134 millimeters loaded. Like the other models, the asynchronous (except for the synchronous motor eCitan) electric motor built into the steel tube pallet drives the front wheels. It can be charged with alternating current. Four types of recovery (kinetic energy recovery) deceleration contribute to the approx. To make the most of a 150-kilometer range. Equipped with 17-inch wheels.

eVito Tourer
It is no longer a van, but a premium bus sedan with a standard active brake assist and acoustic warning system. The Tourer PRO version offers tinted heat glazing and 17 or 18 inch rims as an option. Airmatic air suspension automatically raises or lowers depending on speed (between minus 10 and plus 35 millimeters). Optionally, the range can be extended by a reduced-performance climate, a weaker pedal response and slow torque recovery. Unfortunately, it is not possible to tow a trailer by car, so if you would take your motorboat to the lake shore, for example, choose an internal combustion motor Vito.

This vehicle was given to me for a short test drive by lottery. Its handling is almost the same as the usual Vitó. I liked its smooth running, good acceleration, very pleasant vehicle. Its range can be perfect for transporting VIP guests between the hotel and the airport, for example. Looking down, it occurred to me that I could be very careful if I had to stand on a high-curb sidewalk to avoid damaging the arguably most expensive component, the battery pack, the price of which is not publicly available as a spare part. The eVito Tourer may be very suitable for professional use, but for the private owner, in many cases, a conventional gear may be more suitable.

EQV
This model is technically similar to the eVito Tourer, but offers Avantgarde and EQV design packages, a multifunctional leather steering wheel, heated front seats, navigation and pre-air conditioning. Standard features include a 10.25-inch media display and a 5.5-inch color TFT display in the instrument cluster, as well as a semi-automatic Tempmatic air conditioner and, optionally, a Thermotronic automatic, even with rear air conditioning.

eCitan
The brand is the newest member of the light commercial vehicle family. Its eight battery modules with synchronous motors and front-wheel drive were integrated into the chassis between the two axles. There are two driving dynamics modes, a range-optimized Comfort ECO travel program and three recuperation levels.

sprinter
The cargo volume of the closed roof with high roof is 11 cubic meters. Its ground clearance has been raised by 71 millimeters, of course to protect the battery. The vehicle is also available with 35 and 47 kWh batteries. Standard includes 16-inch wheels, active brake assist and four recovery modes. Driving dynamics mode can be switched on for agile transport. Its four battery modules are equipped with active thermal control. The eSprinter cannot tow a trailer either.


Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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