Mercedes-Benz Vans is systematically electrifying all model series. The new eSprinter impresses with efficiency, range and load capacity, and is a true cosmopolitan: Coming to South Africa in 2024, it will underline the claim to “Lead in Electric Drive” in around 60 markets in the future.
The new eSprinter comes with a multitude of technical innovations and is based on a new concept consisting of three modules. These allow the greatest possible freedom in the development and design of various conversions and superstructures previously only known from the conventionally powered Sprinter.
The front module, a uniformly designed front section, includes all high-voltage components and can be combined unchanged with all vehicle variants, regardless of wheelbase and battery size. The module for the integrated high-voltage battery is located in the underbody to save space. The battery location between the axles, together with the robust battery housing, results in a low centre of gravity, which has a positive influence on handling and increases driving safety. The third pillar of the modular design is the rear module with the electrically driven rear axle. Following the principle of the common parts strategy, this is used in all variants of the new eSprinter. The compact and powerful electric motor is also integrated into the rear module.
Mercedes-Benz has invested around 350 million euros in the new eSprinter. Around 50 million euros will be invested in each of the three plants in Charleston, Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde to adapt their production. The modular concept of the new eSprinter allows maximum synergies in production, and therefore corresponding economies of scale.
“The new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter consistently follows our strategy – to be the leader in electric mobility with the most desirable vans while achieving profitable growth worldwide.” Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The new eSprinter is versatile and efficient
The market launch of the new eSprinter will begin in the USA and Canada in the second half of 2023. The vehicle is a long panel van with a high roof. It is equipped with the largest battery available, which has a usable capacity of 113 kilowatt hours. The load capacity is 14 cubic metres, the permissible gross vehicle weight is up to 4.25 tonnes.
The electric range, based on a simulation using the WLTP cycle, will be up to 400 kilometres. The simulated range based on the WLTP city cycle will be up to 500 kilometres. These ranges also make the vehicle ideal for longer journeys.
In Europe, this first variant of the panel van will be launched at the end of 2023, with the cab chassis variant and other battery variants gradually following. This makes the eSprinter attractive as a base vehicle for numerous new sectors, as well as for converters and body manufacturers.
The eSprinter will make its much-anticipated debut in South Africa in 2024.
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