The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter might not be as iconic as different fashions from the three-pointed star, nevertheless it’s a flexible and roomy workhorse nonetheless. As well as, the German automaker is among the many first to impress its business automobile lineup with the 2024 eSprinter, an all-electric variant of the model’s bestselling full-size van. Mercedes-Benz unveiled the very first eSprinter in 2018, however eSprinter v2.0 is a completely completely different van beneath.
2024 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter: What’s New?
The 2024 eSprinter is a part of the automaker’s technique to have solely electrified vans in its lineup, one thing Mercedes goals to realize earlier than the official EU legislation. “The brand new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter constantly follows our technique of being the chief in electrical mobility with probably the most fascinating vans whereas reaching worthwhile development worldwide,” mentioned Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
In contrast to the primary eSprinter and its front-wheel-drive structure, eSprinter v2.0 has a rear-wheel drivetrain by way of a bespoke electrical rear axle. It additionally has a three-module physique meeting, permitting Mercedes-Benz engineers “the best potential freedom within the improvement and design of varied conversions and superstructures.”
Moreover, the eSprinter will initially go on sale in a single high-roof, long-wheelbase, cargo van physique fashion, though it’s not far off to count on a low-roof, customary wheelbase variant to comply with quickly.
Mercedes-Benz eSprinter: Battery & Charging
The North American eSprinter electrical van has a 113 kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery pack resting between the entrance and rear axles. It feeds electrons to a rear-mounted electrical motor that churns out 100 to 150 kilowatts or 202 horsepower and as much as 295 lb-ft. of torque. Mercedes guarantees a load capability of as much as 488 cubic ft and a gross automobile weight of as much as 9,300 lbs. (4.25 tons)
The facility figures might look so-so on paper, however the battery and motor combo yields stellar vary numbers. Mercedes isn’t but discussing the official EPA vary figures, however simulation testing has resulted in about 300 miles of vary on a full cost. Furthermore, the Mercedes eSprinter has a regular onboard charger that accepts DC quick charging as much as 115 kW, sufficient to replenish the battery from 10 to 80 p.c in round 42 minutes.
“With the brand new eSprinter, we’re taking the electrical massive van phase to a brand new stage,” Geisen added. “The triad of effectivity, vary, and cargo capability makes the brand new eSprinter probably the most versatile Mercedes-Benz eVan ever.”
The 2024 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is the primary in its lineage to obtain the MBUX infotainment system. Beforehand reserved for the model’s posh luxurious choices, the eSprinter options customary navigation with “electrical intelligence” that calculates the very best charging technique and route planning to maximise the vary. It additionally has the “Hey Mercedes” voice management assistant to make life simpler behind the wheel.
2024 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter Availability
Mercedes will produce the 2024 eSprinter at its Charleston, South Carolina, manufacturing facility, with the primary deliveries arriving at business dealerships by mid-2023. The MSRP figures stay forthcoming, however we estimate the bottom value to begin at about $53,000.
Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog characteristic columnist and an knowledgeable in sports activities and efficiency automobiles. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics, and accountancy in his youthful years and continues to be very a lot smitten to his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He additionally likes fried hen, music, and natural medication.
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