Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL Picks Up
The Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL has made an impressive mark thanks to its innovative strength and performance. An independent specialist jury made up of industry representatives from the postal and logistics sector has awarded the Vito E-CELL top honors in the “Transport/Logistics Innovation of the Year” category of the Postal Technology International Awards 2010. Launched in 2009, the awards also pay tribute to other excellent initiatives in the areas of logistics, automation technologies, delivery innovations and environmental protection.
The award was presented in October 2010 at the annual Post Expo logistics exhibition held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Post Expo has become the venue for the world's postal and logistics operators to gather and discuss the challenges and solutions of this expanding sector.
As the first purely electric-powered van to be introduced ex-factory by any automobile manufacturer, thanks to its emission-free drive system the Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL is ideally suited to logistics operations in inner-city areas and therefore also in particularly environmentally sensitive areas. The first Vito E-CELL vehicles have already been handed over to customers, and it was expected that around 100 vehicles will have been delivered by the end of 2010. A further 2000 units are already planned to be delivered up to 2012.
Providing a range of approximately 130 km, the Vito E-CELL is capable of meeting the typical customer requirements for vans making frequent short journeys. At the same time there is also no limit on using the available load space. With a payload of around 900 kg, the Vito E-CELL really is a fully functioning courier, express and parcel services van.
The batteries housed under the load compartment are lithium-ion units with a high performance and load capacity. Thanks to intelligent technology, the charging times can be defined according to the vehicle's operating profile. As such, each Vito E-CELL can be charged precisely when the respective energy providers supply “green” and cost-effective electrical power. Furthermore, the batteries are also charged while driving thanks to regenerative braking, i.e. by converting braking power into electricity.
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