Mercedes-Benz has launched the new eSprinter, a fully electric version of its popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter promises to combine the versatility, reliability, and comfort of the Sprinter with the benefits of zero-emission driving. But how does it compare with other electric vans on the market? And is it worth the premium price tag? Here’s what you need to know about the eSprinter.
What is the eSprinter?
The eSprinter is the electric variant of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, a large van that has been in production since 1995. The Sprinter is known for its spacious cargo area, high payload capacity, and wide range of configurations. The eSprinter aims to offer the same features but with an electric powertrain that eliminates tailpipe emissions and reduces operating costs.
The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is available in two body lengths (standard and long) and two roof heights (standard and high). It has a maximum load volume of 11 cubic meters and a maximum payload of 1,045 kg. It comes with a 55 kWh battery pack that provides a range of up to 53 miles (85 km) on a single charge, according to the WLTP cycle. The battery can be recharged from 10% to 80% in about 25 minutes using a 110 kW DC fast charger.
The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter has a 114-hp electric motor that delivers 295 Nm of torque. It has a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 14 seconds. The eSprinter also features regenerative braking, which recovers energy when the driver lifts off the accelerator or brakes and feeds it back to the battery.
The eSprinter is equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a digital instrument cluster that displays speed, battery level, range, and driving mode information. The eSprinter offers three driving modes: ECO, Comfort, and Sport. ECO mode optimizes energy consumption and limits the top speed and acceleration. Comfort mode provides a balanced performance and driving feel. Sport mode increases the responsiveness and power output of the motor.
The eSprinter also comes with a range of safety and assistance systems, such as Active Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist and Traffic Sign Assist. It also has a rear-view camera, parking sensors, LED headlights and taillights, and a heated windshield.
The eSprinter is priced from $71,886 in the US, and from €53,990 in Germany. It is eligible for various incentives and tax benefits, depending on the market. The eSprinter also comes with a four-year or 100,000-mile warranty and a free maintenance package for the first four services.