Launched by Mercedes-Benz Vans, the adVANce initiative aims at providing an integrated transportation system solution and will involve a 500 million euros investment over the next five years.
As part of the initiative, the company presented the Vision Van, an all-electric vehicle that combines various solutions for last-mile delivery in urban and suburban environments.
It is fully digitally connected to all people and processes involved, from the distribution centre to the consignee.
The design, developed under the direction of Head of Design Gorden Wagener, is very clean, with uninterrupted surfaces and a futuristic, high-tech look.
The main graphic interest is provided by the dark wraparound windscreen – inspired by a VR visor – and the single sharp character line that originates from the headlights and extends to the side doors.
The front end features a new variant of the distinctive diamond grille, which in this case serves as a communication devices, integrating a grille of 2000×500 LEDs.
The cockpit adopts the same minimalistic approach of the interior, and features a single, uninterrupted dashboard integrating various displays and controls.
Distinctive features are the fully automated cargo space and integrated delivery drones. For example, if a parcel service provider stops his vehicle in a residential area, it will be possible to deliver multiple packages to nearby consignees autonomously by air – even if they are not at home – in addition to manual delivery.
Overall, the Vision Can concept fully embodies the brand’s “Sensual Purity” design motto.
The vehicle is equipped with a 75 kW electric drive and – depending on the intended application – has a range of 80 km to approximately 270 km.