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The Mercedes eSprinter Wants to Electrify Your Day

  • The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter carries a 113-kWh battery, which helps push the van 248.5 miles based on the WLTP test cycle.
  • The all-electric eSprinter will be made in Charleston, South Carolina, and Ludwigsfelde, Germany.
  • There’s no word on price, but the current, base model Sprinter will set you back $45,195.

    Mercedes-Benz has tinkered with electrifying the Sprinter before, but now it seems like the company is giving the Sprinter the battery-electric chops it needs to compete against growing competition. Mercedes notes this eSprinter is just the tip of the spear for its vans program, but will eventually electrify the enter van lineup. Almost as important, Mercedes-Benz says this battery-electric cargo van will end up in 60 markets, which means you might see one near you sooner than later.

    Powering the eSprinter is a battery that feeds electric motors. Mercedes-Benz stuffed a 113-kWh battery between the axles to give the new eSprinter a reasonable range. Mercedes says the e-van hits 248.5 miles in simulations based on the sometimes charitable WLTP test cycle. The battery feeds an electric motor that drives the rear axle. The single motor at the rear will launch with two different outputs: 100 kW and 150 kW. For those who don’t have an online kilowatt-to-horsepower converter, we’ll take care of that for you: 134 hp and 201 hp.

    All in, the folks at Mercedes say this package is good enough to carry a gross vehicle weight of 4.25 tons. Obviously, that total weight includes the vehicle itself, a figure Mercedes has yet to hand out to the public. Though, considering the current, internal-combustion Sprinter tips the scales between roughly 2.5 and 3 tons, it’s likely the eSprinter will take up the majority of that total gross vehicle weight.

    Mercedes has split the eSprinter into, effectively, three different sub-modules. The first module is tucked away in the front storage area and lays claim to the high-voltage components, according to Mercedes. This means the main electrical architecture is basically unchanged regardless of the rest of the eSprinter’s shell. The second module is the battery, with the e-axle taking up the third major point of this EV van. This all works together to still give Sprinter users a variety of body shells and wheelbases.

    Mercedes is setting up to launch the new eSprinter in the back half of 2023. That means the folks at the Charleston, South Carolina, and the Ludwigsfelde, Germany, plants are already gearing up to start churning out these BEV vans. There’s no word on the price, but considering the base Sprinter currently starts at $45,195, you can probably expect this BEV version won’t be cheaper. Still, it will be interesting how these start rolling out into various fleets when they hit the road.

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