Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia is getting ready to offer all of its commercial van model lines with electric drive, and will also add the first fully-electric premium people mover from Mercedes-Benz to the line-up.
This is planned to start in the second half of 2022 with the introduction of the mid-size eVito panel van, eVito Tourer and EQV.
The eSprinter is intended to follow in or around 2024 when the next generation eSprinter van becomes available.
MB says it intends to offer both conventional and battery-electric vans side by side, and is preparing to switch to electric-only in the future, when customer and market demand determines it.
Globally, Mercedes-Benz Vans is systematically driving forward the electrification of its product portfolio with emission-free electric drives, contributing to sustainable mobility in the transport of people and goods. The goal is a holistic electric solution that not only reduces the strain on cities and the environment, but also offers our customers genuine benefits.
In Australia, sales of electric vehicles are on the rise and the electrification of vans is increasingly becoming an attractive proposition for light commercial fleet operators who are looking to show commitment to sustainable practices and reduced total cost of ownership.
MD of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Diane Tarr, says this is a very exciting step towards a more sustainable future for Mercedes-Benz Vans and its customers in Australia.
"We are confident that the electric drive will gain more prevalence here over the coming years. As it does, we will be ready with a strong customer-centric electric product portfolio, which offers the potential to assist customers with lowering their operating costs and reducing their environmental impact."
Full local specifications and pricing will be communicated closer to launch.