Mercedes-Benz Unveils New Electric Vision Van.

Mercedes-Benz Vans is presenting a glimpse of the intelligent, interconnected and electric future of light commercial vehicles. The new Mercedes-Benz Vision Van is an all-electric concept with 75 kW motor and range of 80-270 km (50-168 miles) depending on application. Beside being electric, it’s also equipped with two drones on the roof for small parcel deliveries, and robotized cargo space. Daimler intends to invest some €500 million for over the next five years for digitalization, automation and robotics in vans under its new “adVANce initiative”, as well as innovative mobility solutions… so soon(er or later) we could see futuristic solutions from concept transferred to the reality.

This all-electric vehicle combines various innovative solutions for last-mile delivery in urban and suburban environments. It is the first van worldwide to fully digitally connect all people and processes involved, from the distribution centre to the consignee. Furthermore, it is the first van ever to feature a fully automated cargo space and integrated delivery drones. For example, if a parcel service provider stops his vehicle in a residential area, it will be possible to deliver multiple packages to nearby consignees autonomously by air – even if they are not at home – in addition to manual delivery. This makes the deliverer’s job easier, reduces the delivery time and offers end customers new opportunities such as same-day delivery at an agreed time.

Mercedes-Benz Vans envisages deployment of the Vision Van boosting efficiency by up to 50 percent on the last mile. The vehicle is equipped with a 75 kW electric drive and – depending on the intended application – has a range of 80 km to approximately 270 km. With the Vision Van, deliveries are emission-free.”

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