New zero-emission Vito E-Cell heads to Midcounties Co-op 25 November 2011

The Midcounties Co-operative's funeral service has become the first UK customer for a new breed of all-electric Mercedes-Benz vans that produces zero emissions.

An 82hp (60kW) electric motor drives the front wheels, allowing the space beneath the load floor to be used to store the lithium-ion batteries without impinging on the cargo area.

The Vito E-Cell also employs a regenerative system that captures the energy otherwise lost in braking. This is used to power the heating and ventilation system and heated seats.

Vito E-Cell offers an average range between recharges of 80 miles, while its volume and 775kg payload are in line with those of conventional vans.

The Long-bodied Vito E-Cell was supplied by Blackburn dealer Ciceley Commercials, having undergone conversion to private ambulance specification by Wilcox Limousines, of Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.

John Challen

Related Companies
Ciceley Commercials Ltd
Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd

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