If you’re into the van life, or need a van for work, heads up, the all-new, all-electric Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is available for order at U.S. dealerships.
Efficient Motor and Advanced Electric Rear Axle
In its North American market launch the eSprinter van will be offered in a 170-inch wheelbase, high roof configuration. It’ll feature a 113 kWh battery. The van’s range, determined through a simulation utilizing the WLTP cycle, reaches up to 273 miles. The simulated range based on the WLTP city cycle extends up to 329 miles. The eSprinter’s electric powertrain comprises two significant advancements: the efficient motor and the advanced electric rear axle. Notably, these are installed for the first time in a battery-electric van from Mercedes-Benz. The permanent magnet synchronous motor weighs only 286 pounds. It stands out for its high efficiency and optimized thermal management. This motor is offered in power levels of either 100 or 150 kW of peak output, providing a torque of up to 295 lb-ft for a minimum duration of 30 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz eSprinter Van Can Charge Up to 115 kW
The lithium/iron phosphate battery technology in the all-new eSprinter eliminates the need for cobalt or nickel. This makes it ideal for light commercial vehicles due to its durability. Active thermal management enhances efficiency, and a heat pump is included. The high-voltage battery is integrated into the center module, located in a robust battery housing. This assembly is in the underbody to save space. This positioning also ensures a low center of gravity. The result is that it positively impacts vehicle handling and driving safety. The eSprinter supports both AC and DC charging. The on-board charger, with a maximum power of 9.6 kW, converts current during AC charging. Fast-charging stations allow the eSprinter to charge up to 115 kW, enabling a 10-80 percent capacity charge in just over 40 minutes for the 113 kWh battery.
Navigation with Electric Intelligence
Mercedes me connect services, particularly the optional “Navigation with Electric Intelligence,” enhance the EV ownership experience. It calculates an optimized route with real-time charging stops based on traffic and route topography. For added convenience, payment at charging stations is streamlined through Mercedes me Charge, integrating operators like ChargePoint, Electrify America, and EVgo into a unified network. Boasting access to over 85,000 public charging points nationwide, Mercedes me Charge is one of the largest integrated charging networks in the U.S. The service provides transparency and control, allowing users to check station availability, estimate charging costs, and initiate remote charging sessions. Also, make payments through a unified interface and monitor charging and payment history. The company’s partnership with ChargePoint enables fleet customers to access convenient Fleet Depot Charging. Specialized charging hardware, vehicle telematics and software solutions can all be tailored to a specific fleet.
Three Distinct Drive Modes
The all-new eSprinter offers three distinct drive modes for tailored performance and energy efficiency. In Comfort mode, the vehicle provides a full complement of performance and torque. Opting for Economic mode restricts engine power, prioritizing efficiency. For those aiming for maximum range, the aptly named Maximum Range mode further reduces engine output and limits features like climate control to optimize mileage. Additionally, regenerative braking converts kinetic energy into electrical energy, enhancing overall range. The eSprinter features five selectable recuperation levels (D-, D, D+, D++, and D Auto). These levels are adjustable via paddles on the steering wheel. The automatic function D Auto dynamically sets the energy recovery rate based on traffic conditions, optimizing recuperation strength. The ECO Assist dashboard prompts the driver to disengage the pedal, allowing the vehicle to automatically select the appropriate recuperation strength.
Equal to its ICE-Powered Counterparts
Mercedes’ new van adopts a novel concept comprised of three modules. This facilitates seamless adaptation of the platform to various vehicle variants. The front module consolidates all high-voltage components and is compatible with all variants, regardless of wheelbase or battery size. The eSprinter has a cargo capacity of 488 cubic feet and a permissible gross vehicle weight of up to 9,370 pounds. Thus, the rear-wheel-drive eSprinter mirrors the practicality of its internal combustion engine counterparts. Customization is possible through eXpertUpfitter solutions, such as shelving systems, workbenches, or heavy-duty wood floors for substantial loads. These options enhance the versatility of the load compartment, allowing the eSprinter to be tailored for applications ranging from a mobile workshop to a roomy delivery van.
The eSprinter incorporates advanced in-car technology and cloud-based services from the Mercedes me connect digital ecosystem. This provides comprehensive support for the driver. Optionally, the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) version, known for features like the “Hey Mercedes” voice control assistant and extensive personalization, is now available for the eSprinter. Safety is enhanced with standard Active Brake Assist, which offers emergency braking support. There’s also additional assistance systems like Blind Spot Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST. An optional digital rear-view mirror provides unobstructed views of the rear. It functions alongside the conventional rear-view mirror. Equipped with a High Dynamic Range camera, it adjusts brightness automatically based on ambient conditions, offering a distinct advantage during reverse maneuvers. These technological features collectively contribute to a comprehensive and user-friendly driving experience in the eSprinter.
Service Package Included
A comprehensive service package is included with the all-new eSprinter. The service package is designed to minimize the total cost of ownership while maximizing uptime. For the first four services within the initial four years or up to 100,000 miles, maintenance costs align with the service booklet and manufacturer’s specifications, covering regular and professional inspections of high-voltage components and other vehicle functions. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz provides a free battery certificate. This ensures, for a total of 8 years or up to 100,000 miles from delivery or initial registration, that the high-voltage batteries maintain at least 70 percent of their initial capacity. An optional battery certificate extends this coverage by an additional 85,000 miles, totaling 8 years or up to 185,000 miles. This warranty structure underscores Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to long-term reliability and cost-effectiveness for eSprinter owners.
The eSprinter is Available for Order at U.S. Dealerships
The all-new eSprinter is now available for order at U.S. dealerships starting from $71,886 for standard output. Starting MSRP for the High Output model is $75,316. Mercedes-Benz reports leasing up to 80 percent of its commercial eVans globally. In the U.S., customers can lease the all-new 2024 eSprinter cargo van (150 kW) with a monthly lease payment starting at $998 for 36 months, with $6,386 due at lease signing.
Produced in the U.S. and Germany
Mercedes-Benz Vans plants in North Charleston, South Carolina as well as Düsseldorf, and Ludwigsfelde, Germany, serve as the production sites for the all-new eSprinter. Mercedes-Benz Vans is making a substantial investment of approximately 350 million euros in the eSprinter from 2021 to 2024. This includes around 150 million euros allocated to adapting production at the three plants. The all-new eSprinter is produced with a net carbon-neutral footprint. This strategic approach not only enhances efficiency but also aligns with Mercedes-Benz’s overarching environmental objectives in the production of the eSprinter.
The eSprinter Kicks Off Mercedes-Benz Next Stage of Electrification Strategy
“The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter underlines our claim to ‘Lead in Electric’ and kicks off the next stage of our electrification strategy. Its versatility and flexibility make the new eSprinter the ideal vehicle for a wide range of applications,” says Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.