Less electricity and more payload for Mercedes electric buses

Written by Daniel Andzhurov – October 20, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

Until now, the Mercedes EQV and its cargo variant, the e-Vito Tourer, were only available with a 90-kWh battery. Now the buses can be ordered with a smaller battery – with a capacity of only 60 kilowatt hours. In this way, the mileage of a single charge is reduced to about 230 kilometers, while the versions with a large battery could "cover" 360 kilometers. This range makes them more than capable for their use of last-mile distribution.

On the other hand, modifications with a smaller battery rely on a higher payload of about 150 kilograms. And this will be important mainly for the customers of the "loader" e-Vito (EQV is significantly more luxurious). The second advantage is that the price falls below €71.000,- (calculated according to data for Germany). For the e-Vito Tourer you will have to prepare a little over €61.000,- while the EQV will cost a minimum of €69.000,- (with standard 80 kW fast charging function).

Auto Trendy’s take:

We, at Auto Trendy, believe that Mercedes-Benz is making a good step in introducing new variants of the e-Vito Tourer. In this way, the van will answer the growing demand of last-mile logistics which is drastically evolving due to the increasing trends of online shopping and same-day delivery. With higher payload, it becomes the perfect delivery van for heavy packages to be delivered to the end consumer, which is mostly within or around city areas where distances are not the main factor.