Mercedes axes EV vans, cites nonexistent demand - report

 Mercedes axes EV vans, cites nonexistent demand - report
Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell 18.01.2012

Next-generation Vito and Citan could come to the U.S.

Mercedes has introduced a handful of electric vehicles, like the B-Class Electric Drive and SLS AMG Electric Drive, but their future could be short-lived if the Vito E-Cell is any indication.

In a recent interview with Car and Driver, Mercedes van boss Volker Mornhinweg revealed that demand for electric or hybrid vans is virtually nonexistent. As he explained, the company received several hundred orders when the Vito E-Cell was launched but demand quickly disappeared. Unsurprisingly future electric vans have been axed and put into “hibernation mode.”

In related news, Mornhinweg hinted the next-generation Vito and Citan could be offered in the United States. He also revealed the Viano will likely adopt a new name when the redesigned model comes to market.

Source: Car & Driver

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combustion engines will prevail
May 21, 2013 8:08 am
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"...Mornhinweg hinted the next-generation Vito and Citan...", there will be a next generation Citan, ha, ha, ha!!?? Current model is under inspection...not even hoping to make another gen
May 20, 2013 6:17 pm
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