Green Car Congress: First fleet of 100 Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell electric vans covers 650,000 km in…

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17 January 2012

Mercedes-Benz E-CELL. Click to enlarge.

The 100 electric Mercedes-Benz Vito vans (earlier post ) in use in and Stuttgart have covered km (404,000 miles). The two projects, with 50 Vito E-CELLs, are to run over a period of four A total of 230 Vito E-CELL are now in use in several model regions.

delivered the first vehicles for testing to testing partners in at the beginning of September 2010, and in in January 2011. The areas of are diverse: courier, express and service providers (KEP, in Kurier-, Express- und Paketdienstleister); transportation in large corporations; vehicles for plant maintenance, service, and assembly and internal within companies.

The varied was a key factor in the selection of the regions. In to the largely flat terrain of the Berlin area, the differences in within the Stuttgart metropolitan are as much as 350 meters (1,148 presenting a stamina test for the recuperation performance and drive of the Vito E-CELL.

The German Federal Ministry for the and Nature Conservation is lending its to the Electrification of Mercedes-Benz Small in Development and Production project in Berlin. In Stuttgart, the Integrated for Sustainable Electric Mobility (IKONE) is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, and Urban Development. The two promotional are part of the German federal second economic stimulus

Mercedes-Benz and energy suppliers (Berlin) and EnBW (Stuttgart) begun the implementation of new technologies in and their charging systems at locations. The energy suppliers now provided charging stations to at their depots. The batteries of E-CELL vans are recharged at locations outside of operating

Charging technology. Intelligent technology is used, based on the Charge Communication Unit in the Vito E-CELL. The technology the CO 2 balance of the vans with green electricity, or even wind energy (“Wind-to-Vehicle/W2V”).

The technology can also be programmed to electricity tariffs to impact costs favorably. Where use several Vito E-CELL the charging procedures are graded a process of local charge (LLM, in German: Lokales to ensure that the grid is not overextended.

Range. Initial regarding a too limited range not substantiated in practice, Daimler The vehicles proved capable of at least 80 km (50 miles) on a full charge, including in winter, in most cases is a sufficient Specifically, this concerns KEP with fixed routes, companies, supply and municipal and general use within the inner-city and within corporate facilities.

In a conducted during testing in drivers rated the range of the E-CELL as either good or The fact that the challenging of the region fails to limit the capabilities of the Vito E-CELL was one of the key in field testing, Daimler

The charge level of the batteries is a key of range. In Berlin, for instance, typically fluctuated between 95 and 25% of capacity, indicating that the range of the Vito E-CELL is fully utilized. Comparatively charging times of between one and hours are thus the norm in regions.

Speed. The speed of the E-CELL is electronically limited to 89 (55 mph) to preserve a maximum This allows the vans to be within the flow of truck on occasional trips on the autobahn. the maximum speed is not reached: in for example, only 30% of electric were reported to reach top on a daily basis. Analyses that, in most cases, the of the Vito E-CELL did not exceed 55 (34 mph) in both cities.

Speeds were largely in the 15 to 30 (9-19 mph) range.

design of the Vito E-CELL. The E-CELL is based on the mid-length panel van. With a capacity of up to 900 kg (1,984 lb) and an unmodified load compartment, the Vito is suitable for commercial applications any restrictions.

The bodywork as such unaffected.

The electric engine, electronics, converter and AC/DC are housed beneath the hood. The engine develops 60 kW, with a torque of 280 N·m (207 The power is transferred to the front The high-performance and durable lithium-ion batteries are located beneath the compartment floor.

The nominal is 360 V, with a capacity of 36 kWh.

The maximum speed is limited to 89 (55 mph) to maximize the range, according to NEDC is around 130 km (81 This enables the Vito to keep pace with the of truck traffic on the autobahn. The accelerates quickly from 0 to km/h (31/50 mph) in seconds.

Power supply is via stations at fleet depots. The of the Vito E-CELL are charged at a of 380/400 V, a process that a maximum of six hours. Later, will also be possible at a of 230 V. Furthermore, the batteries are also while the vehicle is under through recuperation, in which energy is converted into

Back-up for the Vito E-CELL the two field tests was provided by the subsidiaries. The Vito E-CELL is fully integrated into the Star Diagnosis diagnostics

The Vito E-CELL is equipped full safety features, ESP. Additionally, the batteries are protected by a crash element. If the is triggered, the high-voltage technology is automatically.

Manufacturing and model variants. In Mercedes-Benz manufactured some 400 E-CELL vans in its Vitoria in the Basque region in Spain. the Vito E-CELL is manufactured on the assembly lines as all other vans.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has a series of 2000 E-CELL since 2011.

Mercedes-Benz additional model variants for greater practice- and customer-oriented Since the Vito E-CELL has an EU approval, no monitoring organization is required for licensing within the EU, and directives for high-voltage technology are not applicable.

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to the Vito in other regions of and in most western European as well.

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