Mercedes-Benz eSprinter van to drive electric future

Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles in Ireland is poised to expand its electric van range with the introduction of eSprinter – an all-new, zero-emission model comparable to conventional Sprinters that will take its place alongside the already-introduced eVito van.

Due for arrival here in August/September – the new high-roof eSprinter is billed as ‘the next milestone in the electrification of Mercedes-Benz vans’.

Designed to complement and extend the existing Sprinter range – all winners of the highly-coveted Continental Irish Van of the Year Award at the time of their introduction – the eSprinter is described by Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Sales Manager, Fergus Conheady as “a high-capacity van that will appeal to users in the pharmaceuticals, food, utilities, vehicle hire, distribution and parcel delivery sectors”.

With front-wheel drive and a standard wheelbase, its specifications include an overall length of 6,088mm, payload of 1,045kg, kerb weight of 2,455 kg, gross vehicle weight of 3,500kg and a high roof design for maximum spaciousness. Cargo volume is an unrestricted 11 cubic metres, made possible by positioning its batteries beneath the floor.

Stated by Fergus Conheady to be “A zero-emissions, reliable and flexible carrier, the new eSprinter combines all the attributes by which fleet operators measure their vehicles. A proven and spacious performer, it has the specifications to enable operators to demonstrate responsible eco-friendly credentials.”

Its electric power unit delivers a peak output of 85 kW and up to 295 Nm torque. Battery capacity of 47 kWh (installed: 55 kWh) delivers usable factory-quoted figures of 168kms with a maximum load of 891kgs.

It can be charged from 10% – 80% in just 70 minutes or over a more extended 6 hours using a standard 7.3 kW street/fuel station charge point. Maximum speed can be configured to suit the task in hand – top speed can be set at either 80 km/h, 100 km/h or 120 km/h.