The world’s first ‘off-the-shelf’ electric van, the
Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL, is now eligible for the Government’s
new Plug-In Van Grant, reducing costs by 20%.
Each van qualifying for the Grant must
emit less than 75g/km CO2, be capable of at least 60 miles
between charges, more than 50mph and to ensure safety, be approved by
‘European Vehicle Type Approval’.
Run using 16 Lithium-ion battery modules
that have a combined capacity of 36 kWh, the Vito E-CELL has a maximum
range of 130km (80 miles) on a single six-hour charge from a 380/400
volt input. The electric motor has an output of 60 kW (82hp), with 280
Nm of torque and, taking into consideration the E-CELL’s usual area of
operation and to facilitate the highest battery range possible, the top
speed is limited to 80 km/h (50 mph).
In terms of safety the Vito E-CELL is
at the same level as other Vito models, with Electronic Stability
Programme (ESP) and dual airbags as standard. The vehicle has an
internal combustion engine, so if a collision occurs, the batteries are
protected by a shock element. The active safety measures also ensure
that the high-technology voltage network turns off when the airbag
control unit activates.
Steve Bridge, Van Sales and Marketing
Director for Mercedes-Benz UK, said: "With an enviable range, advanced
safety systems and payload equal to a regular van, the zero-local
emissions electric Vito E-CELL easily meets the criteria for the new
Plug-In Van Grant, and we welcome its introduction.
“Schemes like this help businesses to
do their bit - and to join us in working hard to lower vehicle
emissions. It is our ultimate goal at Mercedes-Benz to achieve
emission-free driving and our first-ever series produced electric van is
testament to our commitment to deliver this."
The Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL is the
first battery-electric van available ex-factory from an automotive
manufacturer and is now available under a full contract hire package
from Mercedes-Benz, with terms covering one to four years.
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