Mercedes-Benz’s new electric van tops 200 miles on a full charge

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler just unveiled the newest version of the company’s eVito commercial electric passenger van for the European market, and the company claims it can now travel up to 421 kilometers (about 262 miles) on a full charge.

That’s more than double the previous eVito’s 150-kilometer (93-mile) range even when taking into account that Daimler seems to be using the extremely optimistic New European Driving Cycle standard. The big gain in the usable range is largely thanks to a new 90kWh battery pack, which dwarfs the 41kWh pack used by the previous model. And it’s all despite a hefty 3,500-kilogram (7,716-pound) gross vehicle weight. A BIG UPGRADE OVER THE PREVIOUS BATTERY PACK

The eVito comes standard with 50kW charging, but buyers can add 110kW fast-charging capability, which gets the battery pack from 10 percent to 80 percent in under 45 minutes. The van has a 150kW motor on board that the company says generates the equivalent of 204 horsepower, which should be plenty to move the up to nine passengers on board.

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