Volker Mornhinweg, the van division boss told Car and Driver that demand is “virtually nonexistent” and that the company is putting the model into “hibernation mode.”
As far as I know, the Mercedes Benz electric motors have been acquired from Tesla, as part of the transaction that actually saved them from bankruptcy a few years ago. Ditching the plan altogether seems improbable, while on the other side of the world Tesla is enjoying increased acclamation from premium-sedan buying public.
Maybe the E-Cells aren’t using Tesla’s motor, anyway. This source says they only have 80 horsepower and a maximum speed of 50 mph, which doesn’t sound like Tesla technology.
The van’s limited success so far has been due to a French rental company who rented a few dozen for trial purposes throughout Germany and France.