Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2024 eSprinter, its latest electric van. For the new year, the van will provide customers with a greater range of battery options and further versatility. The market launch of the new eSprinter will begin in the USA and Canada in the second half of 2023, ahead of its initial launch in Europe before the end of the year.
The long panel van has a 113-kWh battery, a load capacity of 14 cubic meters, and an estimated maximum range of 310 miles (500 kilometers). The main components of its eATS drivetrain provide two new developments – a new efficient motor, and a new electric rear axle.
The permanent magnet synchronous motor (PSM) is characterized by high efficiency and optimized thermal management. This motor is available in two power levels – 134 hp (100 kW) or 201 hp (150kW) – with both options delivering up to 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Customers also have the choice between three different batteries depending on their individual range and payload requirements. Here, Mercedes-Benz is offering models with 56 kWh, 81 kWh, and 113 kWh battery packs – all of which leverage LFP cell chemistry and active thermal management for enhanced efficiency.
When charging the new eSprinter, customers can do so on both AC and DC. The onboard AC charger has a maximum output of 11 kW, and can be used at the wallbox, depot, or home. On DC, the eSprinter can be charged at up to 115 kW at select fast-charging stations. At these stations, charging the 56 kWh from 10% to 80% takes around 28 minutes, while the same re-charge takes around 42 minutes for the 113-kWh battery.
In addition to leveraging the same MBUX infotainment system as Mercedes-Benz’s passenger vehicles, with familiar features and services, the new eSprinter also offers navigation with Electric Intelligence. Here, it shows the present vehicle range in real-time depending on the current traffic situation and the route’s topography. It also calculates the most optimal charging strategy to get the user to their destination as quickly as possible, or to achieve their desired state of charge at the destination. Further MBUX highlights include charging payment via Mercedes me as well as increased performance, wide personalization options, and an optimized ‘Hey Mercedes’ assistant.
Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it has invested around $376 million (€350 million) into developing the new eSprinter. In preparing its plants in Europe and the U.S. for the van’s production, the OEM is planning individual investments of $53 million (€50 million) into its Charleston, Düsseldorf, and Ludwigsfelde manufacturing locations.