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Mercedes Vito E-CELL eligible for grant

The world’s first ‘off-the-shelf’ electric van, the Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL, is now eligible for the Government’s new Plug-In Van Grant.

Each van qualifying for the Grant must emit less than 75g/km CO2, be capable of at least 60 miles between charges, more than 50mph and to ensure safety, approved by ‘European Vehicle Type Approval’.

Run using 16 Lithium-ion battery modules that have a combined capacity of 36 kWh, the Vito E-CELL has a maximum range of 130km (80 miles) on a single six-hour charge from a 380/400 volt input.

The electric motor has an output of 60 kW (82hp), with 280 Nm of torque and, taking into consideration the E-CELL’s usual area of operation and to facilitate the highest battery range possible, the top speed is limited to 80 km/h (50 mph).

In terms of safety the Vito E-CELL is at the same level as other Vito models, with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and dual airbags as standard.

The vehicle has an internal combustion engine, so if a collision occurs, the batteries are protected by a shock element. The active safety measures also ensure that the high-technology voltage network turns off when the airbag control unit activates.

Steve Bridge, Van Sales and Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz UK, said: “With an enviable range, advanced safety systems and payload equal to a regular van, the zero-local emissions electric Vito E-CELL easily meets the criteria for the new Plug-In Van Grant, and we welcome its introduction.”

“Schemes like this help businesses to do their bit - and to join us in working hard to lower vehicle emissions. It is our ultimate goal at Mercedes-Benz to achieve emission-free driving and our first-ever series produced electric van is testament to our commitment to deliver this.”

The Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL is the first battery-electric van available ex-factory from an automotive manufacturer and is now available under a full contract hire package from Mercedes-Benz, with terms covering one to four years.

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