Refrigerator van specialist Kerstner is presenting the first refrigerator van variant of the Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL electric vehicle (earlier post) at the Solutrans trade show in Lyon/France from 29 November to 3 December.
The flat refrigerator unit on the roof of the Vito is supplied with power from a separate lithium-ion batter. This battery operates independently of the Vito E-CELL’s traction battery, providing autonomous cooling for six to ten hours. The refrigeration unit does not impose any restrictions on the Vito E-CELL’s range.
Kerstner puts the battery’s service life at 3,000 charging cycles. At one charging cycle per day over 240 working days a year, this amounts to a lifespan of around twelve years. The battery is supplied with power independently of the traction battery, via a separate charging system. The additional battery and the separate charger reduce the refrigerator van’s maximum payload by 75 kg.
With an overall height of 2000 mm including refrigerator unit, the refrigerator van variant of the Vito E-CELL is also suitable for underground garages. The load compartment has a volume of 3.5 m³. Its floor is fitted with diamond-tread aluminium sheeting.
The Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL is the first van to be factory-fitted with an electric drive. It is based on the medium-length Vito panel van with a wheelbase of 3200 mm. Its electric motor generates a continuous output of 60 kW and maximum power of 70 kW. The peak torque stands at 280 N·m (207 lb-ft).
The 36 kWh traction battery pack is under the floor, without interfering with the load compartment. Range is around 130 km (81 miles), adequate for urban delivery operations.
Mercedes-Benz began production of a series of 2,000 Vito E-CELLs this year. Almost 400 of these vehicles have been built to date.