Mercedes chooses Denmark as test country for electric Vito Van  

Following the government's decision to extend registration tax exemption of EVs to 2015, Mercedes-Benz chooses Denmark as a test country for its electric Vito Van
Following the recent announcement by the Danish government that the current exemption from registration tax for EVs (electric vehicles) is being extended by three years to 2015, business weekly newspaper Erhvervsbladet reports that German auto giant Mercedes-Benz has chosen Denmark as a test country for the electric version of its light van, the Vito.
The Danish companies chosen to participate in the test will have charging stations installed at their premises by Mercedes-Benz, who according to Erhvervsbladet will have no shortage of firms to choose from as interest in being included in the test is high. The test period in Denmark runs from 2011 to the end of 2012.
Registration tax exemption for the electric Vito Van does not provide the same level of financial advantage as it does with private cars in Denmark, where registration tax is normally 180% of the sales price. For the electric Vito van, the tax difference is only 30% compared with a diesel powered version. It's still a saving of course, but the key point of interest for companies is the corporate image perspective – the valuable green signal that an electric van can send to consumers, business associates and society as a whole.
Mercedes-Benz sales manager Christian Devantier told Erhvervsbladet: "We are delighted that Denmark has been chosen as a test country. We see it as a natural expression of the growing interest here in green alternatives, including in the light commercial vehicle market. We are already seeing strong interest from companies and strategic cooperation partners in the new Vito."

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