Mercedes-Benz will start selling a passenger version of its Vito E-CELL utility vehicles in Europe after unveiling a battery-electric Sprinter van at the International Motor Show in Hanover, Germany.
The Vito E-CELL Crewbus, which the Daimler AG division calls the world's first seven-seat mass-produced battery-electric vehicle, has a single-charge range of about 80 miles and top speed of about 55 miles per hour. The vehicle will be available for four-year, 50,000-mile leases in more than 15 countries throughout Europe, including Finland, Spain and the UK.
The original Vito E-CELL utility vehicle started sales two years ago. Mercedes-Benz says the 230 Vito E-CELLS sold in Germany have been collectively driven more than 400,000 miles.
The battery-electric Sprinter van prototype at the Hanover show will be able to deliver 94 horsepower, with 134 horsepower in short spurts. The vehicle's two lithium-ion batteries provide 35.2 kilowatt hours combined. The Sprinter E-CELL prototype will have a 50-mile-per-hour top speed and a payload capacity of more than 2,600 pounds.
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