Mercedes Kills Off Electric Vans Over Nonexistent Demand
Speaking to Car & Driver, head of Mercedes-Benz’s van division, Volker Mornhinweg, said that demand for the Vito E-Cell in Germany has plunged to zero right after a few hundred units of the green van were delivered on the local market.
Mornhinweg didn’t mention if production of the Vito E-Cell will be stopped altogether, but he was quoted saying that the technology was pun in “hibernation mode” for now. The all-electric Vito E-Cell was introduced in mid-2010 with an 80 HP electric motor and 36 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
In other related news, the Mercedes-Benz representative also said that the next-generation Vito, that will keep its rear-wheel drive, could be offered in the United States along with the Sprinter. Moreover, a possible successor of the Citan could go across the Pond as well.
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