Mercedes-Benz thinks its commercial vehicles division is just as important as the consumer models’ lineup and as a way of restating its focus on the segment has cooked a technologically advanced van concept.
To be sure its commercial vehicles will keep up the pace with the rapidly spinning world of tech goodies, the company has decided to introduce a $562.3-million (500-million euro) initiative called advance. The new Vision Van concept is their way of saying they’re investing in the future – with an EV that might just open a new chapter in the parcel delivery saga. The Vision Van has a realistic appearance, with wrap-around windshield, but barren of any glass on the side and at the back. The new generation Sprinter might catch a clue or two from this concept, so we’re waiting on it to be silky smooth.
Aside from the futuristic appearance, the Vision Van also has what it takes. The driver has airborne drones, which deploy from inside, that can take multiple packages on short distances to the destination. The interior also has a concept of intelligent cargo space – allowing the driver to save up to four minutes per stop. Power comes from an adaptable electric powertrain – the max configuration has 101 horsepower (75 kilowatts) and a range of 168 miles (270 kilometers). But if that isn’t required, a company could have the van with just 50 miles (80 km) of driving distance.