Mercedes eVito Electric Vans Have No Issues In -30 Degree Winter Trials

MAR 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 9

Mercedes-Benz conducted winter trials of its latest all-electric eVito van at the Polar Circle in Arjeplog, Sweden in temperatures down to minus 30 degrees Celsius.

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Winter trials Mercedes-Benz eVito in Sweden.

The results are encouraging, as the eVito met requirements of the automotive industry.

Tests were concerning cold-starts, charging at low temperatures, driving characteristics, heating and, of course, range.

Mercedes-Benz assumes that the normal range is 150 km (93 miles) using the 41.4 kWh battery, and even in unfavorable circumstances, customers have a range of 100 km (61 miles) available.

Orders book for the eVito were opened in November 2017, while deliveries are scheduled for the second half of this year.

Before sales begin, there will be second round of tests, but this time in summer in Spain at 35 degrees Celsius.

Price of the Mercedes-Benz eVito in Germany stands at 39,990 euros, excluding VAT. The first 1,000 orders will be rewarded with a service package which includes a wallbox.

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Here are latest images of the eVito:

Winter trials Mercedes-Benz eVito in Sweden.

Winter trials Mercedes-Benz eVito in Sweden.

Winter trials Mercedes-Benz eVito in Sweden.

Winter trials Mercedes-Benz eVito in Sweden.

Press blast:

Electric vans from Mercedes-Benz Vans: Also reliable in the cold, ice and snow: the electric Vito on endurance trials at the Polar Circle

  • Main emphasis of the winter trials: charging and driving characteristics, range and anti-cold protection
  • Checks on handling, efficiency, ergonomics and comfort in extreme conditions
  • Focus on the quality and safety of the driver’s workplace: dependable heating at sub-zero temperatures, fast windscreen heating for a clear view, safe handling on ice and snow
  • eVito orderable since November 2017 with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018
  • Electrification of all commercial van model series is planned

Winter trials Mercedes-Benz eVito in Sweden.

Arjeplog, Sweden. Endurance test successful: customers can also rely on the new eVito in adverse weather conditions. This is the conclusion reached by the development team from Mercedes-Benz Vans who subjected the fully-electric van to extensive winter trials in northern Sweden. The new eVito was thoroughly tested for several weeks in the Scandinavian winter, in temperatures down to minus 30 degrees Celsius. The focus of the trials in Arjeplog near the Polar Circle was on cold-starting as well as charging and driving characteristics at sub-zero temperatures.

The eVito, the second all-electric production model from Mercedes-Benz Vans after the Vito E-Cell of 2010, has been orderable since November 2017 with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018. At the test site in Arjeplog with its driving dynamics stretches, turning loop and forest stretch, the vehicles were required to absolve low-temperature tests and demonstrate their handling, efficiency, ergonomics and comfort under extreme conditions. During test drives on frozen lakelands and on the test site, charging and driving in cold conditions as well as anti-cold protection of the drive components, software and their interfaces (e.g. brakes, ESP) were intensively tested using special metrology equipment.

Winter trials Mercedes-Benz eVito in Sweden.

How a battery-electric vehicle responds to different climatic conditions is essential to practicable fleet management. Thus, in addition to cold-starting and defrosting characteristics, the focus was also on battery range. The mid-size van has all the prerequisites for e.g. inner-city delivery, trade and passenger transport operations. With the installed battery capacity of 41.4 kWh, the range of the new eVito will be around 150 km. Even in unfavourable circumstances, customers have a range of 100 km available.

Heating, comfort and handling at Mercedes-Benz level: high requirements for the quality and safety of the driver’s workplace

Winter trials Mercedes-Benz eVito in Sweden.

The high quality and safety of the driver’s workplace is another important prerequisite for a commercially used vehicle. The van must also appeal to the drivers who are out and about in it day after day. The interior heating must work reliably at low temperatures, and the window heating must ensure a clear view as rapidly as possible. Other factors include safe handling on snow and ice, as well as winter-resistant components throughout. All these parameters were tested under extreme conditions in Arjeplog by around 30 engineers, electronic specialists and mechanics from Mercedes-Benz Vans. And because the vehicles must also prove their worth in the high summer, the winter trials are followed by summer trials. In summer the eVito will be subjected to further testing in Spain, in temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius in the shade.

Attractive starting offer for the mid-size eVito van

Mercedes Benz Vans is planning the electrification of all its commercial model series in the coming years. The start is being made with the eVito, which customers are able to order at a price of 39,990 euros (in Germany, excluding VAT) on the microsite The first 1000 orders will be rewarded with a service package which includes a wallbox. The eVito will be followed by the eSprinter in 2019. The line-up will then be rounded off by the Citan. The commercial model ranges with electric drive will thus cover all requirements from people moving to goods transport.


Categories: Daimler, Mercedes


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9 Comments on "Mercedes eVito Electric Vans Have No Issues In -30 Degree Winter Trials"

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And why would they expect the car to NOT survive?? Or what part exactly was supposed to NOT survive??

Range is about the only variable … but they could have tested that in the lab … LOL


OK, now stick a 80-100kWh battry in this thing and bring it to the US. Surely there is enough space 🙂


The question is, how many can they make with such a battery? 1 million? 1 million X 100 kWh = 100 GWh. Just where will they get these batteries from? And for how much? Can they afford not to pay dividend to the share holders and make chanel that money in R & D of the electric cars? And if they can, where will the old age pensioners get money to live if their pension funds dry up not only from Mercedes but from the Oil & Gas investments that they already have?

Someone out there

Companies in both China and South Korea are expanding their battery manufacturing capacity like crazy now. By 2020 the Gigafactory will be a tiny player on the market.


Using your own logic we can say with a certain degree of certainty that MB will not exist by then.


20% grade but no word about it in the text?! For the Master Z.E., that’s sometimes a problem. It even has a sticker that warns the driver: (in German)



All the talk about low end torque and then an EV fails at a gradient?
TBH I don’t know what the steepest gradient is that a combustion car can set off, probably depends on how much slippage the clutch can take for how long.

I thought the actual test on that 20% gradient was that only one side of the car had full grip.


My Spark EV had no problem to drive at -33C except the range drop and maybe, you can feel the cold form the outside 🙂


Very Expensive.

Basic version of Fiat Ducato with 115HP diesel engine costs less then 20k euro including 5 year/300k kilometers service plan. You can buy CNG version for 3k Euro more if you want to be ECO