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.