Climbing to the heights of Mount Everest in an eVito Tourer | Mercedes-Benz Vans
A Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer drives on a mountain pass.

Climbing to the heights of Mount Everest in an eVito Tourer.

Have you already heard of the Everesting Challenge? The concept of this now global phenomenon is simple: pick any climb and repeat it continually in one go until you've climbed 8848 metres – the same height as Mount Everest. We took the challenge with the eVito Tourer. [Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer PRO with passenger car registration (M1): electrical consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): XXX; CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0.] 1,  [*] With just a single battery charge!


Electrical consumption has been determined on the basis of Directive 692/2008/EC. The electrical consumption is dependent on the vehicle configuration.

Electrical consumption has been determined on the basis of Directive 2017/1151/EU. The electrical consumption is dependent on the vehicle configuration.

The Everesting Challenge is trending.

Usually the Everesting Challenge is done on a bike. But now, Everesting has become somewhat of a sport in its own right, with its own scene, a version for runners and even a virtual variant. In our electric van version, we wanted to test whether one battery charge is enough for the eVito Tourer to theoretically conquer the highest mountain in the world. The reason we wanted to do this was because people often question the practicality of electric vehicles in terms of their range and usability for day trips and long-distance travel. So it was time for a reality check!

eVito Tourer: mastering the Everesting Challenge using recuperation?


Cracking the 8848 metre altitude mark with the eVito Tourer.

Long, particularly steep climbs with a good road surface are optimal conditions for this challenge. And we found those on the Riedberg mountain pass in the Allgäu Alps – with an altitude difference of 558 metres to tackle. That meant we had to go up and down the pass 16 times to reach the 8848 metres of Mount Everest. The number of kilometres to be covered was around 190, with a gradient of up to 16 % in places.

The calm before the silence.

Even at full speed, the electric van makes virtually no noise.

Charging up to the very top.

16x up and down the 16 % gradient.

Is the range of an electric vehicle enough for the Everesting Challenge?

The eVito Tourer has a remarkable maximum range of XXX km1, 2 on just a single charge. However, the 190 km distance in our attempt to "climb Everest" shouldn't be considered in isolation from the various other range-reducing factors. This is because steep climbs and extreme temperatures, such as those found in these cold climes, also affect the battery's range. But the eVito Tourer has an ace up its sleeve to counteract this: the magic word for increasing its range is recuperation. The battery of the electric van "recovers" energy when the driver releases the accelerator when driving downhill. The kinetic energy released during rolling and deceleration is thus not lost in the form of heat – as would be the case with an internal combustion engine – but is instead recovered as electrical energy. In our version of the Everesting Challenge, up to 2/3 of the energy lost on the climb was able to be recovered on the downhill sections.

The range was determined on the basis of Directive 2017/1151/EU.


The actual range is furthermore dependent upon the individual driving style, the road and traffic conditions, outside temperature, use of climate control/heating system, etc. and may differ.

The result is astounding.

After around 5.5 hours, we were able to proudly announce that the Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer had successfully mastered the Everesting Challenge. And even better than that: a single battery charge was more than enough – the eVito Tourer was still showing 35 % remaining battery charge after completing the feat. All thanks to recuperation. So for anyone who hears people saying that electric vehicles don't offer enough independence, they can now proudly say that the eVito Tourer can theoretically even reach the top of the world's highest mountain on just a single battery charge!

Arriving sustainably at your destination.

The Everesting Challenge goes electric.

Energy recovery when driving downhill.

Recuperation as the key to success?

[*] Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO₂ emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the publication "Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen" ["Guidelines on the fuel consumption, CO₂ emissions and power consumption of new passenger cars"], available free of charge from all retail outlets and from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (