A van for the last mile that is climate-neutral, produces green electricity itself and can actively improve air quality in cities: with the technology platform SUSTAINEER (sustainability Pioneer) Mercedes-Benz Vans gives a concrete view of what sustainability in urban delivery traffic of the future could look like.
The all-electric van based on the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter brings together a multitude of innovative solutions to improve the quality of life in cities, to conserve resources and protect the climate, and to improve the health and safety of the driver and other road users. These include fine dust filters on the front module and underbody, a solar panel on the roof, components made from recycled materials and a heater close to the body.
The innovations and technical solutions installed in the SUSTAINEER were designed with a view to possible series production, so that they can be used in future generations of Mercedes-Benz Vans, according to the manufacturer in a current press release.
Mercedes-Benz emphasizes that it is convinced of the ecological and economic advantages of battery-electric vans and is preparing to go fully electric before the end of the decade – wherever market conditions allow. In addition, in the context of the sustainable business strategy “AMBITION 2039”, Mercedes-Benz Vans pursues the goal of making the fleet of new private and commercial transporters throughout the life cycle of new private and commercial transporters by 2039 – from the development of the supplier network, their own production, the electrification from products to renewable energies for the use phase of electric vehicles as well as recycling. All of our own van factories worldwide will produce CO2-neutrally from 2022 and only use electricity from renewable energies.
From 2022: Mercedes-Benz Vans will introduce a sustainable repair concept for batteries
From the second half of 2022, Mercedes-Benz intends to gradually introduce a sustainable repair concept in all van segments in order to extend the life cycles of the high-voltage batteries installed in the vehicles. In addition to the “three Rs” of the circular economy “Reduce”, “Reuse” and “Recycle”, the fourth R is “Repair”. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Vans is pushing for the most extensive battery recycling possible. The aim is to reduce the use of primary resources in the area of powertrain and battery technology by 40 percent by 2030 compared to today. In order to protect human rights, the automobile manufacturer will in future only purchase battery cells with cobalt and lithium from certified mining. The cobalt supply chains of the battery cell suppliers are also checked at every stage according to OECD guidelines.
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