Last year Mercedes-Benz vans launched the electric version of their medium sized van the Vito, unsurprisingly they called it – eVito. Of course the best selling van in their range is the Sprinter and this month (August 2020) Mercedes-Benz announced the launch of the eSprinter.
Mercedes-Benz eSprinter specification
Initially the eSprinter will be available only in the PROGRESSIVE trim level and on the front wheel drive versions of the L2 H2 panel van. The specification includes heated drivers seat, air-conditioning DAB radio as well as 270-degree double doors. On the safety side, the standard specification includes Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, Crosswind Assist and Emergency eCall.
Mercedes-Benz eSprinter battery and motor
The 55kWh battery is configured around four 365v battery blocks connected in parallel manufactured by Deutsche Accumotive, a subsidiary of Daimler. The Lithium-ion blocks can be replaced separately if required, and use NMC chemistry. Whilst the battery has a 55kWh capacity, as normal around 15% is “reserved” for essential memory and data information, leaving 47kWh available in practice.
The motor is rated at 114 bhp or 85kW and it delivers 295Nm of torque, the power rating is slightly under the most popular Sprinter power rating around 130bhp.
Mercedes-Benz eSpinter Range
Mercedes-Benz are quoting two ranges, both based on WLTP, 83 miles at 120kph or 96 miles at an optional 80 kph. Looking closer at the WLTP figures we find based around the 80kph linear speed their combined range is between 83 miles (134kph) and 110 miles (178kph). Electrical consumption is quoted at between 30.6 and 50.6 kWh per 100km.
There are two variants one offering a standard DC20kW fast charging allowing the vehicle to be charged in 2 hours upto 80% and then an 80kW rapid charger reducing the charging time to 30 minutes. eSprinter comes with a 7.4kW on-board charger. It also features remote eCharging enabling the van to be heated or cooled whilst charging. An eight metre type 2 charging cable rated at 3 x 20a is standard.
Mercedes-Benz eSprinter dimensions and weights
The eSprinter L2 H2 has a load length of 3397mm, a maximum width of 1787mm with 1412mm in between the wheel arches. The internal height is 2079mm and the whole load cargo area is 11 cubic metres. Read more about the dimensions following the link at the bottom of this page.
As mentioned previously, eSprinter is only available as a front wheel drive L2H2 and is rated at 3500kgs Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). The unladen weight is 2726kgs leaving a payload of 774kgs.
eSprinter pricing and warranty
The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter PROGRESSIVE L2H2 has two prices, the 20kW DC Charging model is £51,950 and the 80kW version £52,475 both excluding VAT, OLEV grant and registration / Delivery etc.
The battery has an eight year 160,000kms warranty and has a 70% expected capacity after eight years.