According to Mercedes-Benz, electric van sales had an actual boost in the first quarter of the current year. In fact, the German manufacturer stated that 2,700 battery-powered vans of the brand with the three-pointed star were handed over to customers (+133%). Similarly, the proportion of purely electrically powered Sprinters and Vito was more than doubled in Europe. In the privately positioned midsize van segment, EQV deliveries increased by 103% in the first three months of the year.
Electric van sales: Mercedes-Benz produced more than 25,000 e-vans
Talking about ICE-powered light commercial vehicles, the new Citan is getting «very popular with customers», says Mercedes-Benz Vans. Overall, 36% more units of the small van were delivered than in the prior-year quarter.
Some days ago, the three-pointed star company declared that over 25,000 eVans have been produced so far. The top seller for electric vans is the eVito, followed by the eSprinter and EQV. «We have a clear goal, we want to be the leading manufacturer in the field of electric vans in the long term! And for this we have an excellent starting point: At the end of 2021, we were once again the market leader in both midsize and large eVans in Europe», commented Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. «We have clearly aligned our strategy to further expand this position. With the eCitan and, in the future, the EQT, we are completing our product range this year, offering eVans in all segments».
Enhanced product range by 2023
Today’s electric portfolio includes both mid-size (EQV, eVito and eVito Tourer) and large-van (eSprinter) vehicles and will be supplemented by all-electric small vans (eCitan, EQT) in 2022. The next generation of the eVito mid-size van, with improved battery capacity and nearly doubled range, is awaited later this year. Mercedes-Benz is also working on the next-gen eSprinter, already taken to the Arctic Circle for the cold tests and available in 2023. Also in this case, higher flexibility and improved range will make the difference with the current product range.