Heads up, folks. Mercedes-Benz has released details on the Vito E-CELL. In case you’re wondering, it’s the all-electric version of the Vito van, kinda’ like the SLS AMG E-CELL, only it isn’t a super car. Nevertheless, it’s sure to save a lot of business folks a lot of money with its all-electric drivetrain.
There are now a hundred units that have been assembled for Mercedes-Benz’s test fleet. And there’s a further 2,000 units that are to be produced beginning next year.
Performance-wise, the Vito E-CELL has around 130 kilometers to run on a full-charged battery, and carries around 900 kilos of hardware. The electric motor has from 60-70 kW of power and 280 Nm of torque to boot—perfect for making deliveries. The single speed transmission may sound boring, but it’s actually enough to get the job done. Speed has been electronically limited to 50 mph, to save the battery’s power. The lithium-ion pack has around 36 kWh capacity, 32kWh of which is committed to the motor.
The Vito E-CELL’s killer tech is its Watchdog safety system. It helps keep damage from power loss to a minimum by preventing unauthorized access. Simply put, it shuts down power when the owner is out of the house. Kinda’ cool, don’t you think?