Largest Order for Mercedes Vito E-Cell Vans in Europe to Date
Daimler’s Mercedes unit reports an order for 50 battery electric Vito E-Cell panel vans for Post Danmark, the Danish postal service – and says it’s the largest order for the zero-emission vehicle in Europe to date. The order follows a successful field test on the island of on the Danish island of Bornholm.
The Bornholm trial began in mid-2011 with three vehicles. “The successful conclusion of the contract with Post Danmark underscores just how ably our Vito E-Cell has demonstrated its worth in this large-scale operation in Denmark over the past months,” Mercedes-Benz Vans sales and marketing chief Klaus Maier said in a release.
“The field test with the E-Cell Panel Van on the island of Bornholm ran to the full satisfaction of our customer, so the Danish postal services will now use these vehicles on a widespread basis,” said Markus Denzler, managing director for commercial vehicles with Mercedes-Benz Denmark and Sweden.
Range is 81 Miles
“Without such ambitious enterprises, it would be very hard to make our vision of emission-free mobility become a reality,” Denzler said.
The Vito E-Cell has a 60-kilowatt/80-horsepower permanent-magnet electric motor. A 36-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery is located underneath the load compartment floor. Payload is 850 kilograms, or 1,875 pounds. Speed is limited to 55 miles per hour (89 kilometers per hours), helping afford a single-charge range of 130 kilometers, or 81 miles.
The Vito E-Cell is available in panel van and crewbus versions in more than 15 European markets.
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