The new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric van will be launched in the US and Canada in the second half of 2023, while Europe will have to wait until the end of the year. The new eSprinter comes with a multitude of technical innovations and is based on a new concept consisting of three modules. The front module, the underbody with a high-voltage battery and the rear module. These allow the greatest possible freedom in the development and design of various conversions and superstructures previously only known from the conventionally powered Sprinter. The electric motor is integrated into the rear module. It is available in two power levels, 100- and 150-kW peak, and offers a torque of up to 400 Nm.
The new panel van is equipped with a battery with a usable capacity of 113 kWh and will have a range of up to 400 kilometres according to WLTP. According to the manufacturer, it can even travel up to 500 kilometres in urban areas. During a test drive in October 2022, the eSprinter covered the 475-kilometre distance from Stuttgart to Munich and back on one battery charge.
An open model as well as other battery variants will be available successively after the introduction of the first panel-van variant at the end of the year. With 113 kWh, the first of the available battery variants is also the largest in the range. In the long term, the eSprinter will also be available with batteries with a usable capacity of 56 or 81 kWh. The lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cell chemistry makes it possible to keep the battery variants free of cobalt and nickel, and an active thermal management system to ensure maximum efficiency.
From mid-2025 onwards, Mercedes-Benz intends to launch only purely electric van models on the market. For this purpose, the company is relying on its new electric platform, which will initially be used in production on three continents.