Mercedes-Benz Vans New Zealand is getting ready to offer all of its commercial van model lines with electric drive, and will also add the first fully-electric premium MPV from Mercedes-Benz to the existing line up. This is planned to start in the second half of 2022 with the introduction of the mid-size eVito panel van, eVito Tourer, eSprinter and EQV. Thanks to the flexibility of our global vans production strategy, we intend to offer both conventional and battery-electric vans side by side, and are preparing to switch to electric only in the future, when customer and market demand determines it.
Globally, Mercedes-Benz Vans is systematically driving forward the electrification of its product portfolio with emission free electric drives, contributing to sustainable mobility in the transport of people and goods. The goal is a holistic electric solution that not only reduces the strain on cities and the environment, but also offers our customers genuine benefits.
In New Zealand the focus on electric vehicles is increasing as new government measures are put in place to take action on reducing transport emissions. Furthermore, the electrification of vans is increasingly becoming an attractive proposition for light commercial fleet operators who are looking to show commitment to sustainable practices and reduced total cost of ownership.
Recently, Mercedes-Benz Vans secured $240,000 through a successful project application to the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund program; a Government fund administered by the EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) to help accelerate the uptake of low emission transport. The project will see Mercedes-Benz Vans partner with NZ Post to pilot a combination of eSprinter and eVito vans in their delivery fleet for an extended in-service evaluation by delivery drivers around New Zealand. The trial will commence early in 2022 prior to full market launch.
Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand, Diane Tarr, said this is a very exciting step towards a more sustainable future for Mercedes-Benz Vans and our customers in New Zealand. We are confident that the electric drive will gain more prevalence in New Zealand over the coming years. As it does, we will be ready with a strong customer centric electric product portfolio, which offers the potential to lower operating costs and reduce environmental impacts.
Full local specifications and pricing will be communicated closer to launch. However key European technical data for the EQV, eVito Tourer and eSprinter can be found below. The eVito technical data relevant for New Zealand is not yet available.
Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz EQV 
EQV Technical Data
Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer 
eVito Tourer Technical Data
Technical data of the European specification Mercedes-Benz eSprinter 
eSprinter Technical Data
 Figures stated (including declared consumption, range, and torque) are based on European standards [such as Directive No. 2017/1151/EU] and are determined by testing under track and/or standardised laboratory conditions. The figures stated are for the purposes of comparison with other European based figures and amongst vehicles tested under the same technical procedures only. Real world figures (particularly consumption, range and torque) may vary and are influenced by many additional factors such as, vehicle configuration, capabilities of charging infrastructure capacity and/or supply, individual driving style, load, traffic, environmental and road conditions, ambient temperatures and vehicle condition.
 Charging times based on a public Direct Current (DC) charging station, charging at a continuous rate of 110kW, from 10% to 80% battery capacity. Charging times can vary depending on many factors including but not limited to ambient conditions, auxiliary consumables (e.g. seat heating and air-conditioning) and capabilities of charging infrastructure capacity and/or supply.
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