Vito-based battery powered van unveiled26 February 2010

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled an electric prototype van, based on its Vito model and featuring lithium-ion technology.

The van will offer an average range of 130km, depending on driving style, from its 400V, 16 A, 32kWh battery pack, and is, says Mercedes-Benz, aimed at urban operation, involving short-distance journeys.

Peak power is quoted as 90kW, and the vehicle has an electronically limited top speed of 80km/h.

The Stuttgart-based manufacturer says the van will enter complete vehicle production later this year.

Initially, a fleet of around 100 vehicles will be delivered to 20 customers – fleet operators and public authorities wishing to boast their clean, green credentials.

Mercedes-Benz adds that the next phase of production will see a further 2,000 vans manufactured.

John Challen

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