Mercedes-Benz Developing Electric Urban Van
The Citan is due to be unveiled at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover this September, and features the brand’s new family face previewed by the A-Class concept car. Mercedes-Benz said it aims to satisfy the full spectrum of trade users by combining compact dimensions, high quality and fuel economy with a large, practical load area.
Inside, the van features a high quality cabin which can be equipped as a panel van, crewbus or Mixto in various weight categories. In addition to its planned electric drivetrain, it will be launched with a choice of low-CO2 diesel and petrol engines.
The vehicle follows an extensive road-testing programme by Mercedes-Benz. In its 12-month trial of the Vito E-CELL, the carmaker has gathered real-world data from over 650,000 miles of daily use. Among its findings, it said most users of the pure-electric van were not exploiting its full battery range.
European buyers will be able to order the first Citan models from autumn 2012. No pricing has been announced as yet.