Mercedes-Benz has drastically improved the driving range of its battery-electric eVito Tourer people-carrier by installing the more luxurious EQV’s 90kWh battery pack, capable of more than double the energy storage of the MY19 model’s.
The eVito Tourer is designed to be a hotel shuttle or ride-share taxi in Europe. Paired with the 90kWh battery in the platform is the EQV’s 150kW/362Nm motor driving the front wheels, a fixed-speed transmission, and integrated cooling and power electronic units.
The CCS charge port sits on the left-side of the front bumper. The 11kW water-cooled onboard charger enables AC wallbox charging, but it can also handle DC charging at a rate of 110kW, which should get the eVito from 10 per cent to 80 per cent capacity in about 45 minutes.
Mercedes-Benz claims a driving range of up to 421km based on energy consumption of 26.2kWh per 100km. But this appears to be using the generous NEDC cycle. That’s still more than double the previous eVito’s 186km range ceiling, derived from a 41kWh battery and an 85kW motor.
As per usual for EVs, the eVito Tourer captures overrun and braking energy that would otherwise be wasted and puts it into the batteries. Paddle shifters change the level of brake resistance, ergo recuperation.
On a side note, the eVito panel van retains this 85kW/300Nm motor and 41kWh battery, and a speed limit of 120km/h (the eVito Tourer can do 160km/h). The lighter battery pack gives it room for a higher payload, and it’s designed for so-called ‘last mile’ deliveries and back-to-base charging.
There are two cabin lengths available; 5140mm and 5370mm, the latter with 391 litres of cargo space in the luggage area. The maximum capacity is nine occupants.
The eVito Tourer also has features such as an app-based remote charging timer, and cabin pre-cooling and heating when on charge. Owners in Europe can get a Mercedes-Benz AC wallbox charger, and access to the Ionity DC charging network.
The revised eVito Tourer is the headline act in the updated Vito van range announced this week. Diesel versions of this new range, replete with better infotainment and active safety functions, hit Australian shores in early 2021.
Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia has been talking about wanting electric load-luggers here since 2017, but limited production numbers have regularly been allocated to European markets where demand is higher.
The company's local communication head, Blake Vincent, reiterated the desire for electric vans - eVito Tourer, eVito, and eSprinter - as soon as possible.
“The Australian launch date for eTourer and the rest of the electric vans is not defined, though the intention [from Daimler] is it will be released for markets outside of Europe,” he said.
“But when that translates to production for Australia, that's still unclear.
“There’s definitely interest here, we have started to look at potential opportunities and have had large fleet companies speak to us about it.”