Mercedes-Benz builds commercial vans and it does not want you to think that it is boring and bland. This concept from Mercedes-Benz is one for the future called the Vision Van Concept, an all-electric van that is so futuristic that it comes with its own drones.
Mercedes-Benz has been building vehicles of simple silver future pods such as the F105 and the Vision Tokyo. Taking the cue further, the company built the Vision Van part of its "adVANce" initiative which sees the motorised metal boxes evolve into an intelligent, connected, smart delivery system for future demands.
In this effort, Mercedes-Benz is working on technology which allows vehicles in the field to report their location and the status of the parcels continuously and receive any change in instructions from a centralised home base.
The German company is looking to change its business module from the current sales/leasing to a possible move to sharing vehicles either as long term or short term rentals.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Van is a rounded sheet metal and a vast expanse of silver, stamped with the futuristic design cues such as blue accent lighting seen along the lower body.
It also comes with LED headlights and a lit-up grille which display the world map motif and various other patterns. Under the bulbous sheet metal is a 75kwh electric drive motor and expected to provide 80 to 270kms of travel.
The Vision Van Concept does not have a driver door, so you will have to enter through the portal found on the right side or the giant hatch at the back. The concept van also features shelving units inside which slides out the back for easy loading and unloading parcels.
One of the unique features is the roof mounted ‘integrated delivery drones' that envisions a future when the delivery driver will not have to walk up to the door for the delivery. The drones will do the job for you without even stepping out.