Mercedes-Benz showed the van of the future with heated seat belts and air purification system

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Currently, most delivery vans are equipped with diesel engines, but the transition to electric traction is not far off — for example, all the winners

The basis was the usual Mercedes-Benz eSprinter, and the key parameters for the van (cargo compartment capacity, specific energy consumption and power) are not indicated. But it is argued that an alternative to the sliding side door has been found — a double-leaf door with an electric drive, powered by a face recognition system, has been installed. The technology saves up to 25 minutes of time per shift with 150 stops, and you can believe it. Another question is that the doorway has decreased by almost one and a half times, and the mechanism of doors opening inward hides the useful volume.

Another controversial innovation is cameras instead of rear-view mirrors. On the one hand, aerodynamics and visibility when parking have improved, on the other hand, constant video broadcasting in the left mirror is tiresome and leads to increased energy consumption. The heads of the Mercedes-Benz passenger division do not specifically change mirrors to cameras even on electric vehicles (for example, this function is deprived

But the savings on heating were solved in an original way: the cargo compartment is separated from the cab to reduce heat loss, and … heating is implanted in the seat belts! Another promising technology is the installation of an 850-watt solar panel on the roof. On the long wheelbase eSprinter, the solar cells are up to 4.8 square meters, allowing for a longer range on a single charge.

But the most unusual system is the MANN + HUMMEL filters under the bottom. The treatment facilities are installed near the wheelsets, they capture solid particles with a diameter of 10 micrometers, including

The components of the Mercedes-Benz Sustaineer are designed with the environment in mind. For example, the underbody panels are made from recycled plastic and recycled tires, the bulkhead is made from straw polymer, the body is painted with a water-based paint with a minimum of chemicals, and the Continental tires have reduced rolling resistance.

In the future, the solutions tested on the Sustaineer concept will most likely appear in the production models of Mercedes-Benz Vans. The range is wide: as early as 2022, the German automaker’s lineup will include electric counterparts for all commercial models from heels (EQT / eCitan), minibuses and vans (eSprinter / eVito) to luxury minivans (EQV).