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Mercedes Electric Van Guide 2022 – What You Need to Know

Switching to electric vehicles can be a big change, but it comes with added benefits and the reassurance that your business is ready for the future. Mercedes offers a good range of electric vans, but which one is right for your business?

We’ve dug into the details to compare the top Mercedes electric vans from price to charging times. Hire an electric van and start making the green switch. Or keep reading our guide to delve into the electric details.

Wed, 30 March 2022

Mercedes electric van

Should your business switch to electric vans?

  • Electric vehicles are booming and with new Clean Air zones and charges hitting businesses across the UK, many companies are making the switch.
  • Electric vans work very well in cities equipped with EV charging points or for businesses on well-equipped routes.
  • Some electric vans have better range and faster charging times than others so even those not in the big cities have some options to go green.

Your drivers can get behind the wheel of top of the range Mercedes electric vans without you having to take that bigger price tag. But whether you’re here to buy or hire, we’ve gathered all the information you need to find the best Mercedes van for your business.

iCompario tip:

One of the major factors stopping businesses in their tracks is the bigger price tag you see on electric vans. Vehicle hire is a great way to dip your toes into the world of electric vans.

Mercedes eSprinter electric van

eSprinter Van

  • Payload: 731kg
  • Range: 81 – 103 miles
  • Exempt from: ULEZ and congestion charges
  • Best for: urban businesses and sole traders

What businesses is the eSprinter van best for?

  • Businesses around or in urban areas
  • Sole traders with a lighter payload
  • Businesses in well-connected EV areas

The eSprinter is a light and steady 3 seat Mercedes electric van. Its range might not get you cross country, but it’s just right for those in or around the city. The van’s average range is made up for by its fast-charging time and rapid choice.

The eSprinter does have a lower payload than some vans on the market, so businesses with a higher payload will want to take a peek at others in the Mercedes electric van range.

How long does it take to charge?

This van comes equipped with a 55-kwh battery. As standard, the Mercedes eSprinter van can take a 20-kwh charge. So, the Mercedes eSprinter van will fully charge in about 2 hours on the standard model.

If you’re buying the van, you can upgrade to rapid charging and get your battery fully charged in about 30 minutes.

What other features does it have?

The standard eSprinter van comes equipped with a couple of handy features:

  • Attention assist: for drivers on long journeys or just those who haven’t had their morning coffee, the Mercedes attention assist is a system that detects early signs of fatigue. It’ll then warn the driver to take a break.
  • Crosswind assist: a great feature for drivers facing high winds, the crosswind assist autocorrects your course and gets you in the right direction. No more worrying about slow reaction times in high wind!

You’ll also find that the eSprinter is surprisingly quick! In Comfort mode (C), the eSprinter easily and smoothly reaches its top speed of 75mph. C mode does cut into the electric van’s range, but it’s well worth it for shorter journeys.

How much does it cost?

  • Buy Price: about £52,000
  • Potential yearly fuel savings: £2,775+
  • Potential yearly maintenance savings: £408+
  • Other savings: Vehicle Excise Duty, ULEZ, Clean Air Zones

While buying the Mercedes electric van isn’t cheap, it does have a lower running cost than its Mercedes diesel sister (the Sprinter 314CDI L2 H2 Auto).

As the UK introduces more Clean Air Zones and congestion charges, electric vans will become one of the best ways for businesses to avoid extra costs.

Hiring an electric van is much cheaper than buying the vehicle upfront. Think the eSprinter is right for your businesses? You don’t have to wait.

Mercedes eVito electric van

eVito Van

  • Payload: 749 – 807kg
  • Range: 160 – 162 miles
  • Exempt from: ULEZ and congestion charges
  • Best for: urban businesses and sole traders

What businesses is the eVito van best for?

  • Businesses around or in urban areas
  • Sole traders with a light-medium payload

If you like the eSprinter but need a higher payload Mercedes electric van, the eVito might be right for you. There are some more differences, too! Need a longer battery life? The eVito lasts longer than the eSprinter. Some businesses and sole traders aren’t lucky enough to have tons of EV charging points along their daily route. The eVito is a great pick for you!

How long does it take to charge?

The eVito van has a 66-kwh battery. The standard model is only compatible with the usual 7.2 kwh charger. You’ll need about 6 hours to fully charge the battery. We’ve found that sole traders and businesses with [home EV charging points] get excellent use out of this electric van.
Looking to charge up on the go? It might be worth upgrading your van to the L3 model, which can rapid charge to full battery in 35 minutes at 80 kwh.

What other features does it have?

Like the eSprinter, the eVito electric van comes with the Attention assist and Crosswind assist as well as its own little extras.

  • Reverse camera: see what’s behind you in a 180° to help prevent accidents and easily reverse.
  • Dynamic Select: choose between comfort and efficiency modes to save on fuel and battery.

How much does it cost?

  • Buy Price: about £43,600
  • Potential yearly fuel savings: £2,320+
  • Potential yearly maintenance savings: £278.00+
  • Other savings: Vehicle Excise Duty, ULEZ, Clean Air Zones

This Mercedes electric van price is cheaper to buy than the eSprinter. The annual savings are about in the same range when we compare the eVito to its diesel sibling, the Vito 110CDI (FWD) L2. The eVito is also classed as a zero emissions vehicle, so no congestion charges for you.
Still, if you haven’t made the switch yet then that upfront cost can be a bit much. But you still want to hop on the green trend. That’s why vehicle hire is such a good choice. Ready to drive your Mercedes electric van? Get hiring.

Mercedes eVito Tourer electric van

eVito Tourer

  • Payload: 741 kg
  • Range: 173 – 373 miles
  • Exempt from: ULEZ and congestion charges
  • Best for: passenger businesses

What businesses is the eVito Tourer van best for?

  • Taxis
  • Mini shuttle busses
  • Airport runs

With its bigger battery and longer range, this Mercedes electric van is built for longer journeys with passengers. The Tourer has 8 passenger seats, perfect for group taxi rides and airport journeys. Carrying packages? Check out the eVito van and eSprinter instead.

How long does it take to charge?

The standard eVito Tourer model has a massive 100 kWh battery which charges in about 10 hours via your average wall box charger.
Want a faster charge? You’ll have to upgrade to the L3 model for a full battery on rapid charge in 40 minutes.

What other features does it have?

The eVito is all about passenger and driver comfort without sacrificing its green credentials. Inside the eVito Tourer you’ll find:

  • Tinted window glasses
  • Twin sliding doors
  • Cruise control
  • Rain sensor
  • Double co-driver seat

How much does it cost?

  • Buy Price: about £51,950
  • Potential yearly fuel savings: £2,320+
  • Potential yearly maintenance savings: £278.00+
  • Other savings: Vehicle Excise Duty, ULEZ, Clean Air Zones

The buying price of the eVito Tourer is best compared to the Mercedes EQV. The EGV is a premium battery-powered van with a similar mission of passenger comfort but is about £20,000 more expensive.

But what about the savings? Compared to its diesel sibling (Vito Tourer 114CDI L2 Auto), you’re looking at some pretty good savings overtime for fuel and maintenance. For passenger vans driving around Clean Air Zones, the eVito Tourer is an excellent choice for affordability and battery power.

How to get your Mercedes electric van

Making the switch to electric vans doesn’t have to come at a big cost. Why buy, when you can hire? Your business can join the green surge and get all the benefits of a Mercedes electric van.

But how can you find the best van and deal for your company? What type of lease is best for you?

We make all that simple. All you have to do is complete our quick survey tool to find your best match.

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