Mercedes-Benz’s latest-generation eSprinter has as much as 500km of vary and a bunch of customisation choices, and it’s coming right here.
The firm has confirmed the electric industrial automobile is about to return Down Under “in or round 2024”. It’ll go on sale first within the US, Canada and Europe within the second half of 2023.
The eSprinter has a claimed vary of as much as 500km on the WLTP metropolis cycle and as much as 400km on the mixed WLTP cycle, consistent with figures revealed after road testing in Germany
The top-spec eSprinter variant is provided with a 113kWh battery and has a cargo quantity of 14 cubic metres with a max payload of as much as 4.25 tonnes.
Mercedes-Benz’s new eATS powertrain, which includes a brand new electric motor and electric rear axle, debuts within the eSprinter.
The everlasting magnet synchronous motor (PSM), which weighs 130kg, will likely be obtainable with 100kW or 150kW outputs, and presents torque of as much as 400Nm.
The eSprinter will likely be obtainable with 56kWh, 81kWh and 113kWh lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.
It helps fast-charging at as much as 115kW, with the 56kWh battery charging from 10 to 80 per cent in 28 minutes.
As with the combustion-powered mannequin, there’s a selection of van and cab-chassis physique types and completely different lengths.
Mercedes-Benz says the eSprinter consists of three modules.
The entrance module homes the entire high-voltage parts and can be utilized in all eSprinter variants whatever the wheelbase or battery dimension.
The central module housing the battery is positioned within the underbody between the axles, which Mercedes-Benz says creates a low centre of gravity and elevated driving security.
The third module within the rear axle homes the electric motor and is current throughout all eSprinter variants.
The modules are a part of what Mercedes-Benz calls its ‘frequent components technique’, meant to minimize carbon emissions from automobile manufacturing.
Based on the customisation and utility of the present Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz says the eSprinter will act as “a pretty base automobile for converters and physique producers”.
The vans will likely be geared up with Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX infotainment system, and consists of sensible navigation exhibiting real-time situations and topography, and optimised charging ideas en route.
The German producer has invested round 350 million euros (A$541 million) within the mannequin, and 50 million euros (A$77.2 million) into every manufacturing plant in Charleston, Düsseldorf, and Ludwigsfelde, the place the eSprinter will likely be manufactured.
“The new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter constantly follows our technique – to be the chief in electric mobility with essentially the most fascinating vans whereas reaching worthwhile progress worldwide,” stated Mathias Geisen, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
When it arrives in Australia, the eSprinter will compete with fashions such because the LDV eDeliver 9 and the upcoming Ford e-Transit and Renault Master E-Tech.
Mercedes-Benz has stated that every one new fashions will likely be electric from 2025, and this electrification technique will likely be supported by VAN.EA, the corporate’s electric van structure.
Additionally, Mercedes-Benz has stated that your entire fleet of latest autos will likely be CO2-neutral ‘throughout all levels of the worth chain’ by 2039.