Mercedes eVito electric van 2020: price, details, pictures, on-sale date

Mid-size Mercedes electric van will start from just under £32,000 after the government Plug-In Van Grant has been deducted

Mercedes eVito

Mercedes has revealed UK pricing for the 'eVito' electric version of its Vito medium-sized van, which goes on sale in 2020. With a zero-emissions version of the larger Sprinter – known as the eSprinter – also in the works, the German brand is aiming to offer a fully electric version of its entire van range very soon.

Prices (excluding VAT) start at £39,895 for the L2 chassis length and £40,415 for the L3 version. Both are eligible for the government's Plug-In Van Grant, which brings the price to pay down to £31,916 and £32,415 respectively.

Key rivals for the eVito include the Citroen Dispatch Electric, Ford Transit Custom PHEV, Peugeot e-Expert, Toyota Proace Electric and Vauxhall Vivaro-e.

Mercedes eVito prices, specifications, range, charging, cargo volume and payload

The eVito will have a range of 93 miles on a single charge, which Mercedes says is sufficient for mainly urban work – particularly for drivers or companies that complete planned, recurring routes on a regular basis.

A 41kWh battery stores power for the 113bhp electric motor, which has the same power output as the entry-level diesel Vito. The battery can be fully recharged in six hours from a wallbox charger. Comfort, Eco and Extended Range drive settings allow the drivetrain to be optimised for maximum range when needed, while there's also adjustable regenerative braking.

In terms of practicality, the eVito will be offered with two different load volumes: 6 or 6.6 cubic metres, known as the L2 and L3 versions respectively. Both have a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 3,200kg and payloads are 923 and 898kg respectively, however driving around with a full load will see the van's range fall significantly short of the 93-mile official claim.

Two trim levels are offered, PURE and PROGRESSIVE. The latter adds colour-coded bumpers, full wheel covers, front foglights, headlight assistance, a 75mph speed limiter, lumbar support and power-folding mirrors, with prices excluding VAT and after the grant coming in at £33,600 and £34,210 for the L2 and L3 sizes.

Prototype drive

In July 2018, our sister title Auto Express drove a prototype version of the eVito in Germany. They found it to be both faster and more refined than the equivalent entry-level diesel Vito.

The additional weight of the batteries (around 300kg) improves ride quality, keeping the van more composed over bumps and potholes. Mounting the batteries low down in the chassis also helps the eVito's stability and centre of gravity.