April 9, 2020

First Mile charges ahead with five zero-emission Mercedes-Benz eVito vans

A recycling company has become one of the first customers to take delivery of fully electric Mercedes-Benz eVito vans.

First Mile’s five long-bodied eVito Pure L2s were supplied by dealer S & B Commercials and produce zero tailpipe emissions. Each offers a payload of 923kg and 6.0mof load volume capacity – the 41 kWh battery is securely mounted beneath the floor, so does not impinge on the cargo area. At 93 miles, the average range between charges is sufficient for the majority of city-based applications.

Transport manager Michal Szuminski said: “We’ve been looking forward to the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz eVito as its size and carrying capacity offer the perfect solution for our inner-city operations, where we have a number of busy rounds concentrated in small areas.”

The 3.2-tonne GVW eVito has three seats and, like its diesel-engined stablemate, sliding load doors on both sides, as well as a choice of side-hinged doors or a tailgate at the rear. Four recuperation levels allow customers to optimise power consumption and thus extend the eVito’s range.

“We love electric vehicles here at First Mile, and our drivers are delighted with their new Mercedes-Benz vans,” said Mr Szuminski. “I’ve never had any doubts about the eVito’s ability to do the work, and contribute to our own green credentials.”

“The fact that we never close means trusted partners are particularly important,” he continued. “In the unlikely event that something goes wrong, I need to know I can pick up the phone at any time of the day or night and get an immediate response.”

The eVito’s electric motor produces 114hp and drives the front wheels via a single-speed automatic transmission. The top speed is restricted to 50mph, although this can be increased on request.

Mercedes-Benz says the vehicle can be fully recharged in six hours from a wall box or at a charging station using a Type-2 connection.

Standard specification on all Mercedes-Benz Vito models with the Pure trimline includes a height and rake adjustable steering wheel; Hill Start Assist; electrically adjustable heated exterior mirrors; wood flooring; and an adaptive brake light. eVito variants also come with Mercedes PRO connect technology; a heated drivers’ seat; Tempmatic air conditioning; a 4.0-metre charging cable; and a CanTrack vehicle tracker.

The Mercedes-Benz eVito is eligible for the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Grant, which means customers can save up to £8,000 from a 20% reduction on the vehicle purchase price.