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The Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell Van Takes on Geneva

When you think of Mercedes-Benz, you probably think of all of the power pumping away underneath the hood of luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But, the German automaker is good at more than powerful engines and stunning designs - they're also an industry leader in cutting carbon emissions and providing people with commuting options that are easier on the environment.

With that in mind, we'd like to introduce you to the Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell, a passenger van powered by a 36 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 60 kW motor (that's about 81-hp). It can carry up to seven people, and can travel distances of up to 80 miles on a single charge. The German automaker introduced a model at the Geneva Motor Show that used transparent parts and LED lights to showcase the electric ingenuity of the latest iteration of their electric van.

While the production model won't be available just yet, but Mercedes-Benz has already deployed about 240 units throughout Germany. Together, the test fleet has racked up over 404,000 miles over the last year. Proving, yet again, that The Tri-Pointed star has reliability down to a science, too.

It's not clear if we'll ever see this people mover here in the States, but by the end of this year, more than 15 European countries will have access to the Vito E-Cell. If it's a success, we're sure it will jump the pond for eco-minded customers here in the States! Of course, the van is best suited for short trips around the city (as opposed to long highway journeys), so we can't imagine a better place for them than the hotels and other businesses here in Chicago that use shuttle services to get their customers about town.

With that in mind, be sure to stay tuned with Mercedes-Benz of Chicago, 1520 W North Ave Chicago, IL 60642 for more green news!

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