MercedesBenz Vito E CELL 2010 review with specs

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2010 Mercedes-Benz Vito E review and pictures

Posted 27 July 2010. 15:07:00

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new Vito all-electric van, with no and with a driving range of 100 miles and a top speed of only 50

Its electric motor has a power of 94 and 206 pound-feet of torque and drive is to the front wheels via a single-speed

Mercedes-Benz Vito E CELL

With the first battery-electric van to be ex factory by any automobile manufacturer, is opening a new chapter in drive for light commercial vehicles. to its emission-free drive system, the Vito E-CELL is ideally for inner-city operations and for particularly sensitive areas. The Vito operates with no emissions and silently, and imposes no restrictions on the in terms of load capacity and Production of a small series of 100 E-CELL vans has already this year, and a further units are planned from

Quiet, emission-free driving in sensitive areas

Deliveries to areas and pedestrian precincts, in areas with rigorous restrictions, in-company transport in shops, delivery access via car parks – the quiet, emission-free Vito E-CELL with its battery-electric drive system is the answer to the question of delivery in environmentally sensitive areas. the Vito E-CELL is not only to carry out its transport assignments in with high exhaust but also where there are restrictions protecting e.g. resorts or in residential areas night-time driving bans.

In to the growing environmental burden in the populated areas of Europe and regions of the world, the relevant are increasingly introducing vehicle restrictions in the form of environmental based on emissions or with constraints. Emission-free vehicles electric drive are usually Accordingly the

Vito E-CELL is suitable for environmentally sensitive both in commercial and public operations, and in many areas of the sector including e.g. and postal deliveries, maintenance and for other service providers.

are also numerous incentive for the purchase of emission-free vehicles. are available in many countries and widely different forms, from direct purchasing to significant reductions in toll or vehicle taxes and exemption access restrictions.

The Vito is also considerably less to operate. A comparison between the diesel price and the cost of power shows a factor of to seven. This means for the same driving distance, a powered by an internal combustion incurs four to seven the costs of a Vito E-CELL overnight with low-priced power.

In densely populated areas the belongs to electric drive

are convinced that in highly areas with dense where exhaust and noise levels are high, the future to electrically powered vehicles. incentives include a sense of on the part of businesses and not least the relations effect of clean systems.

Another motivating for the development of vehicles with drive is the conservation of finite such as oil, as well as the will for greater independence energy supplies are concerned.

As a in automobile development and production, has the stated aim of safeguarding and shaping the of the future on a sustainable basis innovative technologies. The focus is on justifiable drive technologies as those collectively termed at Mercedes-Benz. The clear objective is driving, and Mercedes-Benz Vans has another step closer to goal with the Vito

All good things come in vans with diesel, gas and electric drive

The Vito rounds off the wide range of compatible vans bearing the star to form an ecological catering for practically all conceivable from specialized short-range to long-distance transport. The lineup has further developed and now almost internal combustion engine natural gas and LPG drive systems, and now electric drive.

Mercedes-Benz from a wealth of experience

The E-CELL is based on the wealth of in the field of electric drive that Mercedes-Benz has accumulated the decades. As early as 1972 developed its first electric the LE 306, which was soon by a first large-scale trial the Mercedes-Benz 307 E. Further experimental followed with the Mercedes-Benz 308 E and the powered Sprinter, and these are in customer operations under conditions today, for example on the Sea island of Heligoland.

The next to series production was however foiled by inadequate battery Apart from insufficient durability, this limited the payload and operating range to the that professional operation in numbers was not a viable proposition.

The way is now cleared by modern lithium-ion with a high energy supported by intelligent charging and innovative driving strategies were not possible in the past. The is driving the development of new battery ahead at full speed, by research and cooperating with The Vito E-CELL will from this when the series production commences.

E-CELL: no restrictions in load and payload

With its operating of around 130 km, the Vito E-CELL average customer requirements for a van mileage of approx. 50-80 km a considerable safety margin. At the time the van’s load is usable with no restrictions With a payload of around 900 kg on equipment specifications, the Vito is in every respect a fully-fledged Thanks to a top speed of 80 km/h it is suitable for the short inter-urban that frequently occur in populated areas and suburbs.

Externally it is only the decor of the E-CELL that distinguishes it the familiar appearance of the conventionally Vito, as the body is completely Even the charging socket has its place behind the flap concealing the fuel filler in the lower section of the B-pillar on the side of the vehicle. The ground and angle of approach/departure are also unchanged compared to the Vito an internal combustion engine. The E-CELL is therefore equally for facilities with steep and approaches.

Powerful electric with high drive

In place of the usual four and engines plus peripheral of the Vito, the engine cover of the E-CELL conceals the electric and its ancillary systems. The electric a permanent synchronous unit, a continuous output of 60 kW and a peak of 70 kW. Maximum torque is 280 Nm.

As the full is inherently available right the start in electric motors, the E-CELL delivers dynamic at the familiar, high level of diesel engines. In view of the operating profile for the Vito and in the interests of maximising the operating of the batteries, the van’s top speed is to 80 km/h.

Power is transferred to the wheels via a single-speed transmission. efficient unit was likewise specifically for the Vito E-CELL.

E-CELL: the only Vito front-wheel drive

To save space for the batteries, and in contrast to the models in the Vito series, the has front-wheel drive. With the of a few suspension components adopted the Vito 4×4, the front-wheel system was specially developed for the E-CELL.

In addition to the electric other components such as the electronics, transformer and the mains unit are accommodated beneath the cover. The 12 V onboard network was completely newly developed.

lithium-ion drive batteries

The are housed under the load floor, where the propshaft and tank are usually located in the The batteries are modern lithium-ion with a high performance and capacity, a high energy and a nominal voltage of 360 volts. The capacity of the batteries is 36 kWh, of 32 kWh are available to power the vehicle. proportion of around 90 percent is an high figure compared to electrically powered vehicles.

The pack of the Vito E-CELL of 16 modules with a total of 192 Each of these cells is by a battery management system. To unnecessary power losses and the of damage caused by unauthorised when the vehicle is parked, a system (Watchdog) deactivates the network when not in use.

Water-cooled electrical components

The electric motor, converter and electrical components of the drive are water-cooled. Unlike an internal engine, an electric motor not reach its greatest efficiency at 100 degrees Celsius, but at approx. 30 Celsius. To ensure pleasant for the driver during the colder of the year despite these low temperatures, the Vito E-CELL is with a heater booster. is connected to the high-voltage network and the heating circuit in the instrument

Full battery at the charging after six hours at most

The are charged at charging stations to the pilot customers by the two energy EnBW and Vattenfall. These are participating in the customer trials as partners in the Berlin (Vattenfall) and (EnBW) regions. The charging are installed on the business premises of the involved. The charging socket of the E-CELL is connected to the station a standard seven-pin charging

The batteries of the Vito E-CELL are at 380/400 volt mains. The chargers have an output of 6.1 kW. The time depends on the charge of the batteries, and takes a maximum of six if the batteries are fully discharged.

an additional charging cable a conventional domestic power the Vito E-CELL can also be from the 230 volt mains if This may become necessary if the van is not at the station provided when overnight. In this case the time is doubled, however.

charging technologies lower CO2 and costs

The design of the Vito incorporates intelligent charging to reduce both CO2 emissions and The necessary charging intervals are with the customer depending on the operating profile.

The Vito features a Smart Charge Unit (SCCU) as standard, intelligently controlled charging This ensures that the defined period, the van is charged when the energy providers green electrical power at overnight rates. The result is a drastic reduction in CO2 emissions the overall energy balance of the E-CELL (Well to Wheel), apart from the vehicle’s performance during actual

Moreover, at the multifunction steering and in the instrument cluster, the charging can be individually set to charge at times not only ecologically generated, but low-cost electrical power is This can also be done on a PC by the scheduler. The SCCU also parallel charging of several in a fleet, without overloading the network.

Apart from the ability to charge the batteries at the own charging station or power opens up intriguing perspectives: no time-consuming trips to the filling-station, and if are cleverly planned neither the nor fleet management need to about energy supplies for the

Schedulers can control Vito assignments according to charge

Vehicle availability can also be depending on the charge status of the A scheduler is able to call up the status and therefore the available range of the Vito E-CELL on his screen, and precisely determine a particular van is able to carry out an assignment at short notice.

All intelligent control possibilities the environment while optimising benefits individually in widely businesses and operating conditions. At the time these complex reduce loads on the batteries as far as prolonging their operating

Recuperation: braking energy into electrical power

In the of maximising the operating range of the E-CELL, its batteries are also by energy recuperation while on the i.e. by converting braking into electrical power. not only takes place operating the brakes, but also on the and when reducing speed. All is in interaction with the new ESP®

Based on the long-wheelbase Vito

The E-CELL is based on the long-wheelbase Vito with a standard The long wheelbase of 3200 mm the necessary underbody space for the batteries. With a permissible vehicle weight of 3050 kg, the 900 kg payload of the Vito E-CELL is high.

Mercedes-Benz Vito

This large capacity is firstly due to the relatively and therefore light lithium-ion which has a high energy compared to conventional accumulators. it is not least due to intelligent integration of the drive system into the

The Vito E-CELL is available both left and right-hand

Extensive and practically oriented equipment

The equipment level of the E-CELL has in no way suffered from the to achieve the highest possible In addition to the heater booster, all 100 E-CELL vans have an range of standard equipment a heatable luxury seat for the a multifunction steering wheel, and electrically adjustable exterior a two-seater bench for the co-driver, two doors, a tailgate and the CARGO package.

A reversing camera a monitor in the cab’s COMAND and the reverse warning device that when manoeuvring at speed, the driver is able to obstacles and also quickly pedestrians who have not heard the Vito E-CELL approaching.

and passive safety at the highest

The Vito E-CELL has the same, level of safety as all Vito with an internal combustion In the event of a collision the batteries are by a crash element. When the control unit is triggered, the technology is automatically deactivated. The E-CELL has already impressively its high safety standard in crash tests. And should a E-CELL be involved in an accident, the services have special guidelines available to them.

Active safety is also at the high level found in Vito with an internal engine. Like all other models, the Vito E-CELL a fully-fledged Electronic Stability (ESP) with all the familiar plus a driver airbag and co-driver airbag.

Mercedes-Benz has a high level of operating with extensive trials. To end, more than a Vito E-CELL vans undergone extended test both on enclosed test and on the roads. Whether in the icy conditions of or the heat of Spain – the Vito has already demonstrated its high practicality during the trial

The Vito E-CELL is produced on the line as the conventional Vito

In to other electrically powered Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer to the Vito E-CELL on the same together with all the other models, in its Vitoria plant. further demonstrates that the E-CELL is by no means an experimental or a prototype, but rather a van on its way to series

In view of the completely different configuration including a front-wheel module, the battery pack the load compartment floor and the of many components, numerous and special training for all the personnel were necessary in production.

100 E-CELL vans with operators in two cities

Mercedes-Benz deliver 100 Vito E-CELL to customers between August and this year. Half will be taken into in Berlin and Stuttgart, and further will be used in the Basque of Spain early next i.e. on the homeground of the Vito The main areas of operation are concentrated on densely populated These not only differ in but also in topographical terms, different operating conditions and additional findings.

The customers are predominantly fleet operators. the fleet managers and drivers are intensively trained in the control and of the Vito E-CELL, and carefully with its special features. also extends to separate instructions for the Vito E-CELL.

The high quality of service to well-trained personnel

Both in and Stuttgart, two workshop partners be responsible for servicing the Vito Their personnel are undergoing theoretical and practical training as a process. Service specialists also be on hand during the phase in case unforeseen occur. The European emergency center operated by Mercedes-Benz in is also able to answer

Mercedes-Benz is ensuring the customary, quality of service processing for the E-CELL. The van absolves the standardised processes, and is e.g. diagnosed the existing diagnostic systems. further demonstrates the practically-oriented of the Vito E-CELL with a to series production.

Innovative business model: user charge rather purchase price

The customer for the Vito E-CELL are scheduled for years and roughly 80,000 km per after which the 100 vans be returned to Mercedes-Benz. For this the customers are not purchasing their but rather renting and financing by paying a monthly user which also includes all the for the Vito E-CELL. Ideally the 100 E-CELL vans will a total of around eight kilometres in roughly one dozen during the customer trials – will provide an unrivalled of experience for the further development of drive systems in light vehicles.

Financial support the federal government

The Vito project is being supported the public purse in various Within the support period, E-CELL customers are able to use the van at no for several months. The financial are being provided by the German government as part of its Economic Package II, in which the Federal of the Environment and Nature Conservation is the development and industrialisation of the Vito This applies to the production and of experimental vehicles, as well as the 50 for the customer trials in Berlin.

large fleet operators are the concern in Berlin, the focus of the trials to be held in parallel in is on both tradesmen and fleets. In case the Federal Ministry of Construction and Urban Development is customer operations in the Stuttgart region for electro-mobility.

In Spain the government is assisting with the of the special production facilities for the E-CELL.

In parallel with the trials, Mercedes-Benz will data such as route operating ranges and other in order to tailor electrically vehicles even more to customer requirements.

Next series production of the Vito starting soon

Mercedes-Benz have built the small of 100 vans at the Vitoria plant by the autumn of this year. The steps are already scheduled: a 2000 units are already from 2011.

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