Pointing the way: the new eVito leads the "Laureus Sport for Good Ride" in Monaco
Monaco. The new eVito from Mercedes-Benz Vans celebrated a cycling premiere as the lead vehicle on the 2018 "Laureus Sport for Good Ride". The all-electric van accompanied the cyclists on the 30 kilometre charity ride in the run-up to the Laureus World Sports Awards on 27 February in Monaco. Participants included: Big wave surfer and Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador Garrett McNamara. Swiss cycle-racing legend Fabian Cancellara was the special guest and coach.
So there were two outstanding professionals at the head of the field: the four-time world champion and the new, purely electrically powered eVito. The Mercedes-Benz mid-size van guided the riders along the 30 kilometre course on the French and Italian Riviera and in Monaco.
Dynamic performance on the hilly route came courtesy of 85 kW and a torque of up to 300 newton metres. With a range of around 150 kilometres, a top speed of 120 km/h, a payload in excess of 1000 kg and a cargo capacity of up to 6.6 m3, the eVito has all the prerequisites for inner-city delivery, trade and passenger transport operations. Full charging of the battery is possible within around six hours.
The eVito is not only pointing the way as the lead vehicle on the "Laureus Sport for Good Ride": the Mercedes-Benz eVito also comes with a comprehensive electrical ecosystem including charging infrastructure solutions and a connectivity package designed specifically for electric vans. Not to mention intelligent cargo space solutions and mobility services such as innovative leasing offers and short-term rental options. The eVito has been orderable since November 2017 with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018.
"Change the game for kids" is the Laureus motto. Mercedes-Benz is one of the founding partners of the global Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. It was founded in the year 2000 and is the most important social initiative from the Mercedes-Benz brand. The foundation supports socially disadvantaged children and young people. The Laureus World Sports Awards are held annually and honour athletes from all disciplines for their outstanding performances. The winners are nominated by an independent jury of international sports journalists and selected by the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.