Electric Mercedes eVito panel van prices and specs

Mercedes' popular van now comes with electric power, but is it a realistic prospect in terms of range and price? Read on for more details

James Wilson
Mar 6, 2020

Mercedes has beaten many rivals in the race to get an all-electric medium-sized panel van to market. The eVito and shares much (including styling and equipment) with the fossil-fuel-powered Mercedes Vito panel van. There are two sizes available with order books open now and prices starting from less than £40,000.

Fully charged, Mercedes is claiming the eVito is good for a range of around 92 miles, which, despite being well under that of many electric cars, should be enough for the eVito’s target market. If you're wondering exactly who that is, it's those looking for a zero-tailpipe emission commercial vehicle for use in heavily populated areas, such as major cities, drivers for whom the limited range per charge is less of an issue.

For a commercial vehicle, the amount of equipment is about right, with key features such as air-conditioning and speed limiter available. Compared to many electric cars, though, the onboard technology available might seem a tad underwhelming.

This makes sense though as the eVito isn’t a luxury item, it is a workhorse. Compared to diesel-powered Vitos the battery-powered Mercedes actually comes with a higher maximum payload - meaning it can cope with heavier loads - and the same cargo volume.

While the eVito is significantly more expensive than the standard diesel Vito, it is important to keep in mind that the UK Government’s plug-in car grant can save buyers up to £8,000, electricity is generally cheaper per mile than diesel, and electric vehicles are currently exempt from the planned emission-based taxes such as ULEZ many large cities are expected to bring into force over the coming years.

Quick facts

  • Mercedes eVito order books now open
  • Prices to start from £39,895 (Excl. VAT)
  • Claimed range of around 92 miles
  • Two lengths (L2 and L3) available
  • Increased maximum payload
  • Two standard trims on offer

2020 Mercedes eVito specifications and trims

There are two standard eVito specifications to choose from, Pure and Progressive. The former is very much focused on those wanting function without unnecessary frills. Standard kit includes hill start assist (which stops the vehicle rolling back when setting off on a hill), electric heated wing mirrors, sliding rear doors on both driver and passenger sides, wooden flooring, a heated driver’s seat, air-conditioning and a vehicle tracker.

Progressive trim builds on this with body-coloured bumpers, wheel trims, fog lights, a speed limiter and automatic headlights. Mercedes offers both models with something it calls Pro Connect - a tracking service - although it is important to note this is only free for the first two years of an eVito’s life.

Pro Connect is primarily aimed at those who want to track use of their vans. For example, it can act as a driver's log, monitor the way in which a van is being driven and is even claimed to come with geofencing, which typically works by using GPS to dictate certain vehicle parameters – such as maximum power and speed.

Mercedes will offer the eVito with a handful of options and two wheelbases. The former includes man-made leather seats, 11 exterior colours and 17-inch alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the latter extends to L2 and L3 body sizes (L3 being the larger van). See below for a full break down of dimensions.

2020 Mercedes eVito prices and delivery dates

Prices for an entry-level Mercedes eVito Pure L2 van start at £39,895 while better equipped eVito L2 Progressive models start at £41,600. Moving up to larger L3 variants will cost at least £40,415 (for Pure trim) while L3 Progressive models start at £42,120.

As a note, all the above prices exclude VAT and the UK Government’s plug-in car grant mentioned previously. The grant can save Mercedes eVito buyers up to 20% off the purchase price (up to a maximum value of £8,000).

While the eVito is available to order now, there has been no confirmation of when UK deliveries will start. To help drivers of traditionally-powered vans decide if an electric van is suitable, Mercedes has developed an eVan Ready app. The app can be used to track journeys and see if an eVito would be able to complete the same daily grind without inconveniently running out of charge.

2020 Mercedes eVito electrics and performance

All Mercedes eVito models are set to come with a 41kWh lithium-ion battery pack – which is on par with electric cars such as the BMW i3 and out-going Renault Zoe but less than the likes of the Nissan Leaf e+ and Hyundai Kona Electric.

Mercedes claims eVito drivers should be able to achieve 92-miles of range from a full charge – although official figures are yet to be confirmed. It is also worth remembering that the weight of cargo is being transported will have a significant effect on range.

The battery itself is covered by an eight-year warranty which guarantees range will not drop below 70% of the as-new capacity when the cells are fully charged. As for charge times, Mercedes is claiming it will take roughly six hours to charge an eVito using a 7kW wallbox. Charging from a regular UK three-pin plug will take nearer 20 hours.

When it comes to performance, all models are front-wheel-drive and Mercedes is promising 114hp and around 300Nm of torque. There has been no confirmation on top speed and 0 to 62mph sprint time.

2020 Mercedes eVito rivals and alternatives

There are a surprising number of electric commercial vehicles on sale. Big names such as Renault and Peugeot have several electric vans on sale, while there are a handful of less well-known brands such as LDV and BD that also make electrified commercial vehicles.

It is only the BD Auto eTraffic that is a direct rival to the Mercedes eVito, though, thanks to it being roughly the same size and offering similar range/charge times. Looking at smaller electric vans there is the Renault Kangoo Z.E and Peugeot Partner Electric, which start at £23,472 and £16,269 respectively (excluding VAT and after applying the UK Government’s grant mentioned previously).

While these smaller electric vans are significantly more affordable, they naturally cannot carry the same quantity of cargo as the eVito. Furthermore, the Peugeot Partner Electric comes with 106 miles of range (as tested under the older, less accurate economy testing procedure) and the Kangoo ZE 143 miles (but under the much more accurate newer testing procedure).

2020 Mercedes eVito dimensions and cargo space

Starting with smaller L2 models, the Mercedes eVito measures in at 5,140mm long, 1,948mm high and 2,249mm wide (including wing mirrors). As for cargo space, the L2 boasts 6,000 litres (6m3) along with a maximum payload of 923kg.

Larger L3 models measure in at 5,370mm long, 1,948mm high and 2,249mm wide (again, including wing mirrors). The extra size translates to a larger cargo space of 6,600 litres (or 6.6m3) while maximum payload is 898kg.

 

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