Third Dimension Manufacturing (3DM) has taken delivery of a fully electric Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer from dealer eStar Truck & Van.
The family-owned company, based in Coalville, Leicestershire, makes acrylic display cases, screens and other point-of-sale or promotional items.
Powered by a 100kWh battery that can be restored to 80% of full capacity in as little as 40 minutes, the eVito Tourer will cover 217 to 221 miles between charges.
The eVito is backed by a three-year, unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty and comes with MobiloVan cover, which features free round-the-clock emergency roadside assistance and includes ‘out of charge’ cover.
The battery is guaranteed for eight years or 160,000 km.
Dealer eStar Truck & Van is now arranging for Mercedes-Benz Vans’ infrastructure partner EO Charging to fit a charging point at Third Dimension Manufacturing’s premises.
The eVito Tourer comes with three rows of seats and can accommodate up to eight passengers.
It features upgraded seats with armrests, while other enhancements include a chrome grille and interior highlights, colour-coded bumpers and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Third Dimension Manufacturing’s new vehicle also boasts Tempmatic air-conditioning, Active Brake Assist and Attention Assist systems.
Don Borthwick, proprieter at 3DM said, “We’d been looking at electric vans for some time but were always put off by the limited distances they would cover before the batteries needed replenishing.
“We don’t have fixed, short-run distribution patterns, but frequently travel long distances to serve and visit our customers.
“The fact that our journeys are unpredictable means we can’t rely on being able to top up batteries during the day, so need to know we can always get out and back safely, then recharge the battery fully overnight.
“The eVito Tourer gives us full confidence that we’ll never be stranded.”