Mercedes-Benz Vans has confirmed a major order from the Netherlands: Fleet operator Willemsen-de Koning orders 80 eVito Tourer. The fully electrically powered fleet is to be used for group transports in Utrecht and Rotterdam, among other places.
Willemsen-de Koning is a transport company with a fleet of around 2,000 vehicles specialising in taxi, school and public passenger transport. According to a statement by mother company Daimler, this includes, for example, use as a school bus in Utrecht, where the eVito will replace existing combustion vehicles in the fleet.
The eVito Tourer offers up to eight seats plus driver, but the pre-configured seating can also be adapted to individual requirements. With its range of 156 to 186 kilometres, it is designed for use in city centres – whether for goods or, in this case, people. In the announcement, Daimler has not specified whether the Dutch fleet operator has opted for the basic version (5.14 metres long) or the extra-long version of 5.37 metres.
When our German colleagues at electrive.net tested the delivery van version of the eVito, the 85 kW ZF drive proved to serve the van well. Important for fleet customers: The eVito can only be charged by alternating current and only with a maximum of 7.2 kW. The vehicle is designed for the logistics industry, where charging is usually slow at night in the depot. Mercedes Vans has not mentioned the manner in which Willemsen-de Koning intends to charge its 80 eVito. In Utrecht, at least, this should not be a big problem: The city has a very high density of charging points.