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Mercedes Vito E-Van Fleet Accumulagte 400,000+ Miles

Fleet trials are demonstrating that the battery capacity typically fluctuates between 95 and 25% of available capacity, indicating that the maximum range of the Vito E-CELL is seldom fully utilized.

Published: 17-Jan-2012

The 100 battery-driven electric Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL vans (earlier post) in use in Berlin and Stuttgart have covered 650,000 km (404,000 miles). The two projects, each with 50 Vito E-CELLs, are intended to run over a period of four years. A total of 230 Vito E-CELL vans are now in use in several model regions.

Mercedes-Benz delivered the first vehicles for field testing to testing partners in Berlin at the beginning of September 2010, and in Stuttgart in January 2011. The areas of application are diverse: courier, express and package service providers (KEP, in German: Kurier-, Express- und Paketdienstleister); plant transportation in large corporations; service vehicles for plant maintenance, customer service, and assembly and internal transport within companies.

The varied topography was a key factor in the selection of the regions. In contrast to the largely flat terrain of the greater Berlin area, the differences in elevation within the Stuttgart metropolitan area are as much as 350 meters (1,148 feet), presenting a stamina test for the range, recuperation performance and drive properties of the Vito E-CELL.

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