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Mercedes-Benz eVito

We don’t have any electric light-commercial vehicles in Australia yet, despite an abundance of models available globally.

Mercedes-Benz is hoping to change that with its recently-revealed eVito and eSprinter.

Neither have been confirmed for a local launch yet, though Mercedes-Benz Australia expects strong interest in Australia and New Zealand should see one – or both – arrive in the coming years.

The smaller eVito costs €39,990 ($63,081) in Europe, and is powered by an 84kW/300Nm electric motor. Range is claimed to be around 100-150 kilometres depending on the driving conditions.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The standard Hyundai Kona has proven fairly successful so far, so you’d expect an electric version to do well, right?

Revealed in production form just before this year’s Geneva motor show, the Kona Electric is offered in two variants – a standard 39kWh model and a long-range 64kWh version capable of driving up to 470 kilometres on a single charge.

The base model is powered by a 99kW/395Nm electric motor, while the long-range variant gets a more powerful 150kW/395Nm unit.

Hyundai’s local arm has confirmed it will offer the Kona Electric from either late-2018 or early-2019, with priority given to the higher-spec long-range version.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but a ticket of below $50,000 is mooted, which is believed to be around the same bracket Nissan is targeting with the upcoming Leaf.

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