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Amazon Orders 100 All-Electric Mercedes e-Vito Minivans

Retail giant Amazon has ordered a fleet of 100 electric Mercedes e-Vito minivans to serve their commercial logistics operations.

The vans are based on a modular platform that can be customized to different lengths and wheelbases depending on the application. It also sports four driving modes.

Specifications include a 41.4 kWh battery for a 93-mile range, top speed of 74 miles per hour, and a six-hour full charge, with charging stations provided by Mercedes.

Daimler has also unveiled the larger eSpringer, in all-electric with an increased 150 km of range, along with the eCascadia class 8 all-electric truck set to be delivered to buyers by year?s end. Currently, the largest order for eVito fans belongs to Hermes, a logistics firm, with 1,500 vehicles.

No word on exactly how Amazon will use the electric minivans, although many speculate it could be used for last-mile delivery for commercial customers given the limited range. Expect them to hit the roads in 2019.

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