Mercedes took the inevitable plunge into the electric vehicle arena at the CV Show with the launch of its Vito E-Cell.
Powered by a 121hp electric motor, the company claim it’s the first battery-powered van to be built on a mainstream production facility, located in Vitoria, Spain.
Initially available through a lease package, to abate concerns over battery life and residuals, the E-Cell has a payload of 900 kg range of 80 miles and takes approximately six hours to charge
Also at the show was the Vito BlueEFFICIENCY panel van, complete with 136hp Euro 5 four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and a host of fuel-saving features.
The new 113CDI engine replaces the outgoing 111CDI 116hp unit, yet is claimed to be deliver better fuel economy.
Also featuring is a new six-speed manual ‘box called ECO-Gear, designed specifically for van applications.
It’s said to improve fuel consumption and provide smoother and quieter operation.
The 113CDI is joined by two more 2.1-litre units producing 95hp and 163hp. These join the range topping 122CDI 3.0-litre V6 producing a stonking 224hp.