The company intends to introduce the electric eCitan on the European market later this year (the premiere is expected during the second half of the year).
The Citan/eCitan is not a 100% independent project, but rather a fruit of a partnership with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The vehicle will have a lot in common with the next-generation Renault Kangoo Z.E.
As we can see in the images, even the charging inlet will be located in the same place - in the front, which is quite convenient we believe.
Among the features, Mercedes-Benz has listed:
- compact outside dimensions, generous space with a high storage volume inside
- wide-opening sliding doors both on the left and the right side of the vehicle
- a low loading sill enable comfortable access to the interior and easy loading of the vehicle
- high functionality and variability
- comprehensive safety equipment and a high level of driving comfort
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz eCitan Prototype
Once the introduction of the eCitan is completed, Mercedes-Benz will have an entire lineup of electric commercial and passenger vans, including: Mercedes-Benz eVito / Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer, Mercedes-Benz eSprinter and of course Mercedes-Benz EQV.
The German manufacturer is not alone in Europe. Besides Renault, PSA is also well advanced in the electrification of vans, and Ford is finally electrifying its lineup too.
We guess that this decade, all vans will be available at least in all-electric versions, and next decade, we will see the final fade of the conventional or even hybrid vans. The direction toward mass electrification is clear.
Similarly, electrification will progress in North America. Both Ford and GM show first upcoming models, plus there are multiple smaller manufacturers that try to expand their niche.