Mercedes-Benz's new electric vehicle platform for vans to roll out 2026

Updated May 26, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

This versatile platform will underpin luxury vans, RVs, and even commercial models.

Mercedes-Benz announces that it is launching a new platform that will underpin its future electric-powered van models by 2026. Dubbed the Van Electric Architecture or “Van.Ea”, the platform’s strength the brand says, lies in its modularity and scalability. 

A picture the differently sized Van.ea models

This allows for multiple van models in various sizes while using one platform

According to Mercedes-Benz, this platform will be used for all of the brand’s future van models including commercial vans, passenger vans, and luxury vans. This is due to the fact that Van.Ea is comprised of several modules which can be configured to meet different goals.  

Specifically, there are three modules that form the Van.Ea platform. First is a standard front module that houses an electric motor. Next is the center module which can be stretched or shortened to dictate the vehicle’s length, and to accommodate differently-sized batteries. 

Last is the rear module which can be adjusted to function without a motor to fit a front-wheel-drive layout. Alternatively, the rear module can also come with a motor to pair with the standard motor for an all-wheel-drive van layout. 

A picture of the Van.Ea modules

The three main Van.Ea modules

But while versatile, Van.Ea in general was also designed to focus on efficiency in order to provide long ranges with an optimal battery capacity. Mercedes says this is achieved via improved aerodynamics combined, a better-performing drivetrain, etc. 

The Van. Ea also affords Mercedes-Benz several benefits on the business side of things. For starters, it allows the German automotive giant to target new customers. The Van.Ea’s modularity, after all, enables Mercedes to expand its portfolio of recreational vehicles (RV). That said, it can target outdoorsy car buyers with a new line of midsize to large electric camper vans. 

Van.Ea RVs can also benefit the currently trendy “van life” crowd as well. For those unaware, van life is a lifestyle wherein people live in their vans for long periods of time. 

A picture of the midsize and fullsize Van.Ea configurations.

One platform to meet the needs of various customers

Last-mile delivery services, like mail couriers, might also result in stronger product demand for Van.Ea vehicles. So for this, Mercedes-Benz says that it intends to create a specific logistics-focused model that’s optimized for in-city travel. 

The upcoming Van.Ea line of van models follows Mercedes-Benz’s “electric-only” strategy. The brand is all in on this new platform. Proof of that is the fact that the German marque is targeting a 50 percent share of the EV market by 2030. 

What do you think? Will the new Van.Ea platform help Mercedes-Benz dominate the electric car market?

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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