The new all-electric vans from Mercedes-Benz aren't scheduled for official market launch until the IAA in September, but they already attractsvolume orders.
The eVito is offered in Germany from €39,990 (excluding VAT) and recently Amazon Logistics placed an order for 100 copies for its Bochum and Düsseldorf locations. Together with the vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Vans will provide charging stations:
"Furthermore, Amazon and Mercedes-Benz Vans are working with other partners on a wide-ranging operator concept for the Bochum facility. Alongside the charging infrastructure, this covers parking space management and the automated capture of vehicle status."
The biggest order for electric vans comes from Hermes - 1,500 units includes eVito and probably the new eSprinter too (available from 2019).
That's not a bad backlog taking into consideration real-world range (worst case scenario with payload) of eVito is just 100 km (62 miles) using a 41.4 kWh battery. The bigger eSprinter will offer 115 km (71 miles), but with a bigger capacity pack (55 kWh). In favorable circumstances range could be roughly 50% higher.
Mercedes-Benz intends to electrify its entire lineup of commercial vehicles and develops also suit of services for EVs:
"However, the eDrive@VANs strategy is not just about the electrification of the vehicle fleet but also the configuration of a total system solution tailored to the respective customer needs. This includes, for instance, advice on vehicle selection, support with tools like the eVAN Ready app and overall consideration of the total cost of ownership. Also critical for potential users of the eVito and eSprinter is the analysis of the organisational and technical circumstances at the premises of commercial customers. Ultimately, the integration of an intelligent charging infrastructure concept lays the foundation for sustained competitiveness and for conserving resources with a commercial fleet.
Playing an important role in the implementation is Customer Co-Creation. This begins with a comprehensive appraisal and is followed by the joint development of individual solutions in close collaboration with the customer and the provision of expert advice. This covers all the individual aspects from vehicle selection to charging infrastructure to the necessary upgrading of energy networks at the respective locations.
Two examples of the inclusion of the customer perspective in the development of holistic system solutions are the pilot projects running with logistics companies Hermes and Amazon Logistics. Cooperation partner Hermes Germany is putting 1500 Mercedes-Benz electric vans into service. The integration of an efficient charging infrastructure as well as intelligent, software-controlled load management are also part of the pilot project.
By the end of the year, Amazon Logistics will have 100 eVitos in its fleet at its Bochum and Düsseldorf locations. Furthermore, Amazon and Mercedes-Benz Vans are working with other partners on a wide-ranging operator concept for the Bochum facility. Alongside the charging infrastructure, this covers parking space management and the automated capture of vehicle status.
The digital services provided by Mercedes PRO connect offer new ways for economically efficient fleet management. They include servicing and maintenance management as well as driving-style analysis, optimised communication between fleet manager and driver and mobile checks for ensuring doors are locked and windows closed. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Vans is offering for the first time a new service for intelligent load management that also permits an overview of the charge status for each vehicle. This enables optimum use of the charging infrastructure and can help avoid additional investment in upgrades to the facility’s energy network.
The offering from Mercedes-Benz Vans is fully scalable and can thus be configured to suit a vast range of fleet sizes from a sole trader with one vehicle to a conglomerate with several hundred vehicles. The individualisation of the offering extends all the way to the workstation behind the steering wheel, the comfort of which is on par with that of a car."