Mercedes is using the upcoming COP26 climate conference to highlight its EV efforts – and will show how sustainability goes beyond battery power. The new official Sustainer presentation van concept is completely electric, as you might expect, but it also improves the surrounding environment. Small filters on the face and body clean the air around the van, no matter how fast. It even uses cast iron, ceramic-coated disc brakes both reduce the amount of dust in the air and limit brake damage.
Sustainer has solar panels to extend the area of the roof and reduce the need for plugging in (this sometimes contributes to CO2 emissions). Whether the van is working or not, it makes the devices more powerful. Solar power is nothing new on electric vehicles, but Mercedes clearly hopes that such applications will keep EVs as green as possible.
Another eco-technological energy-saving heating system is closer to the body (including the seat belt) and more efficient use of recycled materials. The filling is made from household waste, the cab compartment is made of natural straw and the bottom part consists of recycled polypropylene and used tires. Mercedes reduces noise pollution, quiet electric train, low rolling tires and a closed automatic delivery door.
Security is also a concern. The camera monitors road conditions, reports on wells and other disasters to cities, and digital mirrors provide a clearer view than you would find in cargo vans. A “biologically active” light protects the driver by keeping the natural rhythm in full, similar to daylight.
There is no mention of plans for mass production of sustine. Mercedes stressed that all van technologies are designed with a wide range of products. You can see this in other vans, not to mention other Mercedes. The company has other green technologies on the horizon, such as sustainable maintenance for EV batteries by 2022, and Sustaineer is finally a reasonable extension of those plans.
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