The Sleuth’s sources report that the automaker will soon put the EQV people mover into production and that it will be available in North America by late 2019 or early 2020. The new model, one of a number of electric vehicles the automaker is developing under the EQ banner, comes with a front-axle-attached motor rated at 204 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Expected range is 250 miles. Topping up the lithium-ion batteries to 80 percent (from 10 percent) at a commercial quick-charge station will take about 45 minutes. Both commercial vans and eight-passenger non-commercial versions will be available. The Mercedes-Benz EQV will be sold alongside the existing gasoline Metris minivan.

The electric EQV minivan has 204 horsepower and an expected range of 250 miles. There will be a commercial version, which is a highly logical decision, as well as an eight-passenger van. PHOTO: MERCEDES-BENZ

Mercedes-Benz puts a new electric minivan in play: