Mercedes: “Now Is The Right Time For Electric Drive”, Shows Off Vision Electric Van And Gen EQ At CES

JAN 8 2017 BY MARK KANE 15

Mercedes-Benz was present at the 2017 CES with two concept electric cars:

Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

  • First is the 200+ mile Generation EQ SUV, first shown in Paris, which will enter market in the next three years,
  • Second is the Vision Van, that Daimler says indicates future of light commercial vehicles from Mercedes

For CES, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van especially fits in – complete with its two drones on the roof for small parcel deliveries, and robotized cargo space.

However if you listen to Daimler in the first in a series of talks at the technology show (above, with more in the series found below), it really isn’t so much about the Vision Van (which is cool in its own right), Daimler really sounds convinced that electric vehicles are the way to go – today, and they are putting their money behind those words (from the 8:00 mark).

“We now are moving literally billions billions of our R&D budget into this (electrification).  Why is now the right time? …now the technology is really coming together on the electric drive.  The energy density on of the batteries is starting to get interesting.  The cost of this technology through scale is starting to come down, so that it becomes a economical proposition.  

We believe that in the next 5 to 10 years this is really going to take off, and we are ready to take off with it, with a whole host of interesting products around the product brand EQ.”

More on the US Vision Van, an all-electric concept with a 75 kW motor and range of 80-270 km (50-168 miles) below.

Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

Mercedes-Benz at CES 2017: Vision Van

The demands on vans for final-mile deliveries have undergone repeated changes in recent years. Not least due to the boom in e-commerce, the number of deliveries is growing from year to year and customers are increasingly demanding new services that are not possible with conventional vans. To show what the van of the future must be capable of, Mercedes-Benz Vans built a concept vehicle called Vision Van and unveiled it to the world’s public in September 2016.

  • The Vision Van offers the intelligence of a state-of-the-art logistics centre on four wheels and demonstrates what efficient final-mile deliveries can look like. It allows efficiency gains of up to 50 percent in comparison with a conventional van.
  • The Vision Van is fully connected and has two parcel delivery drones on the roof as well as a fully automated cargo space system. In addition, the van of the future features a one-shot loading process and is equipped with a battery-electric powertrain.
Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

Electric powertrain

  • The Vision Van is equipped with a battery-electric powertrain that makes for local zero emissions and virtually silent operation.
  • Range can be optimised between 80 and 270 km depending on application. Rated output of 75 kW/102 hp (150 kW/204 hp short-term peak output), 270 Nm torque.
  • Optimised vehicle architecture: electric powertrain means more cargo space because cargo liftgate is further forward. Improved ergonomics and flat cargo space floor due to absence of transmission tunnel.
Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

Mercedes-Benz Vision Van

Cargo space

  • Fully automated system means huge efficiency gains during loading and unloading. One-shot loading: racks can be loaded outside of the vehicle, reducing the loading/idle time from an average of 90 minutes to around 5 minutes.
  • Automatic cargo space system actively supports the delivery agent with address-specific output of parcels. No need for sorting, plus avoidance of incorrect deliveries.

Delivery drones

  • Two fully integrated, autonomous delivery drones on the vehicle roof. Autonomous flight via GPS and sensors, range 20 km, carrying capacity around 2 kg.
  • Drone landing pad integrated in roof, automatic loading by the Vision Van’s cargo space system.

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15 Comments on "Mercedes: “Now Is The Right Time For Electric Drive”, Shows Off Vision Electric Van And Gen EQ At CES"

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copying tesla like a bunch of copycats… smrt and sneaky move, shouldn’t expect anything else…

Since Tesla invented the Van, as we all know, and has the patent on the electric drivetrain, you are totally right! can’t they come up with new ideas? They have already stolen the luxury sedan idea from Tesla.

Small light bulb.,YEA RIGHT! Electric Smart WAS Designed & Built By TESLA for Mercedes …& they were the 1st to built an affordable small EV ,,Again…Built By the TESLA BOYS for Mercedes..While Mercedes takes UNDUE Credit…..

Designed? Lol, the smart design was long finished regarding the ICE smart. The BEV smart has the same design. The smart was originally designed to be fully elctrical, but they had a argument with the designer regarding cost. Therefore the first smart became a ICE version.

Tesla provided a battery and thats it.

And the smart was not built at NuMI, but at a Mercedes facility.

Pardon Me., Tesla Engineered the electrics & running gear…Mercedes Gave Tesla A smart Car on short notice ,To engineer an Electric Power train & Convert the Smart to BEV . Tesla completed it & on time & Mercedes was so impressed with the results that, Mercedes proceeded to build that car with Tesla Electrics & running gear..BTW they did simualar for Toyota

Yawn. @Which Speed B-Class ED(current version) can be MAX charged? 100KW? 50KW? 40KW? NO!!! 11kW is max charge-speed! WOW MB!!!

MB – u making me laugh(or cry?)!

blah , blah , blah , we will sell electric vehicles because tesla , and a lot of chinese brands push us.

would most of the above comments not be considered trolling?

I’m glad to hear they’re getting pumped and heavily investing. how long until the next big brand follows suit? 2020 when they all finally have something on the market? 2018 when bolt and model 3 sales are undeniably impressive?

looking forward to it whenever it is and even more looking forward to what will come of it.

A lot of EV fans feel like they’ve been trolled by the German automakers one time too many.

Whereas I tried to judge their words by how much they wanted to protect their status quo reputation as the builders of fine internal combustion engines. So I knew they couldn’t be trusted to be honest about EVs. Now that status quo is looking untenable, and I’m inclined to believe they’re fairly serious.

I found it interesting that the engineer said “I am from Germany where everything works, and I can charge my car at 22kw”, but then admitting that everyone in the neighborhood cannot do that.

In every discussion with UTILITY employees however, there is always the HOPE of utilities that EV’s will be arranged to charge over the ENTIRE nightime period.

That is why the BOLT charging in 9 1/2 hours from a dead battery has this thought behind it, and PHEV’s from GM in general take much longer than other brands. If everyone is going to drive an electric car, there is no reason to needlessly overload the ‘grid’.

It will be also interesting to see how many EV drones (4 1/2 pound payload) Mercedes manufactures. Presumeably, these will have an “AER” of 2 or 3 miles and will charge up back at the ‘mother van’ between drop offs.

If any company is going to copy Tesla’s playbook, then copy the supercharger network.

No thanks! We really don’t need 10 more incompatible charging networks. Charging should preferably be built by utilities as it can help them balance demand.

Hello USPS. Your replacement to the Grundman LLV is here (or might be soon).

Jeff Bezos of Amazon might be interested in this van.