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The Mercedes-Benz eVito electric panel van is a brilliant choice for those looking to make their business more sustainable while keeping running costs low. Quiet and comfortable on the move, the eVito is as easy to charge as it is to drive.
Here are our five favourite features of the eVito panel van.
Low running costs
We love electric vans – they’re good for the environment and your finances. Electricity is significantly cheaper than petrol or diesel so you can save money every time you charge up. On top of that, electric vans are exempt from road tax (VED) and Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) charges.
Maintence costs should be lower, too, since electric motors have fewer moving parts. With no oil, pistons or cam belts to change, the savings can really add up. Better yet, the eVito comes with a three year unlimited mileage vehicle warranty and free 24/7 MobiloVan roadside assistance for up to 30 years*.
The government’s OZEV grant, which gives you up to £6,000 off the purchase price of an eVito**, is another big incentive. So while it might seem like you need deeper pockets to go electric, low running costs and other perks can soon outweigh the purchase price.
Easy to charge
Charging the eVito is as fast, flexible and as easy. The purchase price of the van includes a free NewMotion Home Fast Charge point^, which fully replenishes the eVito’s 41kWh (35kWh useable) battery in just six hours^^.
That also means you can plug your van in when you go to sleep and take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs. By the time the cock crows, you’ll be ready to start the working day with a full charge – rather than worrying which petrol station has the shortest queue for pumps.
Out and about, you can charge up the eVito using an AC fast charging point thanks to the included (and usefully long) 8m Type 2 charging cable. There’s also the option to grab a full charge from a conventional three-pin domestic plug in around 20 hours.
Whether your business delivers vegan ice cream or vital medical supplies, it’s likely that range will be a key factor in your decision. Happily, the eVito offers a competitive combined WLTP range of 91-92 miles¹, meaning it has more than enough power for local deliveries and longer journeys. The eVito also has the advantage over its rivals of four recuperation modes that cleverly recover energy when the van is decelerating.
Still not sure if an electric van could get you through the working day on a single charge? Research¹¹ shows that the average commercial vehicle in Europe does less than 62 miles in a day, which means that, in most cases, the eVito’s range is more than enough to get the job done.
Comfortable to drive
You can wave goodbye to a noisy diesel engine. The eVito’s smooth, silent 85kW electric powertrain provides a rapid start from traffic lights, while a multitude of driver assistance technologies such as Hill-Start Assist help you breeze through busy working days.
The eVito has plenty of home comforts, too. We love the eight-way adjustable heated driver’s seat with lumbar support, height and rake adjustable steering wheel, overhead control panel and co-driver’s double seat. You also get a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto as standard.
Mercedes PRO connect*** is another big win for the eVito. Included for free***, this range of digital services boosts comfort and efficiency with remote eCharging, real time battery checks, vehicle location tracking and the ability to pre-heat/cool the eVito’s cabin via a smart device. Smart.
Generous load compartment
The cleverly-hidden underfloor battery means the eVito offers as much loading space as the more conventional diesel models. Drivers can access the spacious load compartment via sliding doors on both sides or the double-winged, 180-degree rear doors.
To protect your precious cargo, there’s double locks, remote locking and an integrated Thatcham Category 1-approved alarm system. The alarm can be linked to the Mercedes PRO connect app, which gives you instant theft warning alerts through your phone, tablet or laptop.
The eVito isn’t a case of ‘one size fits all’. The Long wheel-base (L2) version has a maximum payload of up to 905kg and up to 6m3 loading space, while the Extra Long (L3) eVito can carry 890kg in its generous 6.6m3 space. If what you want from an electric van is room, the eVito certainly has plenty of that.