Mercedes-Benz Vans has debuted its new eVito Tourer in Berlin, a new electric people mover that will launch with the BerlKönig ride-share service in Germany.
Designed for lugging multiple passengers in inner-city areas, the eVito Tourer features a 41kWh battery pack which offers between 156 and 186 kilometres of range, hooked up to an 85kW/295Nm electric motor.
According to Mercedes, the eVito can be fully charged in as little as six hours, with electric consumption officially rated at 20.2-24.2kWh/100km depending on configuration.
There’s room for up to eight passengers in addition to the driver, with two wheelbases available. In basic trim, the eVito Tourer measures 5140mm long, stretching to 5370mm in ‘extra long’ guise.
Despite the electric drivetrain and additional weight of the floor-mounted battery pack, the eVito Tourer’s gross vehicle mass (GVM) is rated at 3.2 tonnes.
“As part of Mercedes-Benz Vans developing into a provider of holistic mobility services, we're especially happy that our eVito Tourer is currently being put to use for the first time ever within the scope of BerlKönig's innovative service,” said Steven Kasih, manager of shared people mobility at Mercedes-Benz Vans.
“We are therefore combining two future-oriented topics which are of great importance to us: on-demand transport and electromobility. We shall also continue to drive forward the electrification of ViaVan.”
ViaVan is a joint-venture between Mercedes-Benz Vans and Via Inc., the latter a leading provider of on-demand public transport services across Europe.
The company operates in Berlin, along with Amsterdam, London and Milton Keynes. By 2025, ViaVan aims to have 100 per cent of its fleet electrified.
BerlKönig is an initiative of ViaVan and Berlin’s public transport company (BVG), an on-demand public transport service which first launched in 2018.
The eVito Tourer now makes up more than 50 per cent of BerlKönig’s fleet, and will continue to be expanded. By the end of 2020, the German partnership aims to have an all-electric fleet.
Speaking with CarAdvice, a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia said: “When series production of electric Sprinter and Vito starts to ramp up, the intention is that electric vans will start to be offered to all our customers, including those in key markets outside of Germany”.
“However when this translates to production availability specifically for Australia is still unclear. We expect there to be interest in Australia.”
“We already receive enquiries about electric vans from major fleet companies who are looking to improve efficiency and sustainability in their operations. Initially only one electric van was planned, but now both Sprinter and Vito are available, which only strengthens the potential and our interest in launching locally,” the spokesperson added.