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

Mid-size Mercedes van is going electric along with the rest of the range in 2020

Mercedes eVito

Mercedes is gearing up for the launch of an 'eVito' electric version of its Vito medium-sized van 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.

Numerous manufacturers are developing fully electric vans in anticipation of increasing restrictions on internal-combustion-engined vehicles entering city centres in the coming years.

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 specifications, range, charging, cargo volume 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 Long and Extra Long versions respectively. Payload for both is in excess of a tonne, however driving around with a full load will see the van's range fall significantly short of the 93-mile official claim.

Mercedes also touts the low running costs of the eVito, with recharging costing significantly less than a tank of diesel. Maintenance is also being cheaper and required less frequently than for an internal-combustion-engined van.

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.