Vito EV Goes Postal In Danmark

Post Danmark will be delivering snail mail with the help of electric vehicles.

In the coming months Mercedes-Benz Danmark will deliver 50 Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL battery-powered electric vehicles to Post Danmark, the Danish postal services.

Mercedes-Benz said this is the largest order for Vito E-CELL panel vans in Europe to date.

“We are delighted about this major order from Scandinavia. The successful conclusion of the contract with Post Danmark underscores just how ably our Vito E-CELL has demonstrated its worth in this large-scale operation in Denmark over the past months” said Klaus Maier, Head of Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Vans.

A pilot operation with Post Danmark began on the island of Bornholm with three vehicles in mid-2011. A crucial factor for the decision in favor of the Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL was the combination of the advantages of a classic van with those of an electric drive system.

The Vito E-CELL’s electric motor delivers 60 kilowatt. The lithium-ion battery with an overall capacity of 36 kilowatt-hour is located underneath the load compartment floor. Power is transmitted to the front wheels.

The batteries of the Vito E-CELL are recharged in a maximum of five hours from a 380/400 volts connection.

A transformer and a battery charger with an output of 6.6 kilowatt are located under the hood.

The load compartment, which can be utilized without restrictions of any sort, can accept a payload of up to 850 kilograms (1874 pounds).

The vehicle’s top speed is limited to 89 km/h (55 mph). This benefits the van’s range, which is rated at 130 kilometers (80 miles) according to the NEDC (New European Drive Cycle), which is ample to meet the requirement profile of the Danish postal services since the new electric vans “made by Mercedes-Benz” are intended for short delivery rounds (with numerous stops in between) in the larger Danish cities.

“The field test with the E-CELL Panel Van on the island of Bornholm ran to the full satisfaction of our customer, so the Danish postal services will now use these vehicles on a widespread basis. Without such ambitious enterprises, it would be very hard to make our vision of emission-free mobility become a reality”, added Markus Denzler, managing director, Commercial Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Denmark and Sweden.