Mercedes-Benz has recently made the 2024 eSprinter electric van available for ordering in the United States, with prices starting at $74,181, including a $2,295 destination charge. The base version, known as the Standard Output, comes equipped with a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels and generates 295 lb-ft of torque. While this model has a power output of 134 hp, there is also a High Output version available with a power output of 201 hp, starting at $77,611.
Initially, Mercedes will be offering a high-roof cargo van with a 170-inch wheelbase as the only available configuration in the United States. This particular configuration offers a spacious 488 cubic feet of cargo space, a payload capacity of 2,624 pounds, and a gross vehicle weight of 9,370 pounds. However, in other regions, Mercedes plans to offer multiple configurations along with different battery-pack sizes.
In terms of battery technology, all U.S. versions of the eSprinter will come with a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack that offers 113 kWh of usable capacity. Although Mercedes hasn’t provided any EPA range estimates, it has stated that the eSprinter can achieve 249 miles on the WLTP test cycle commonly used overseas. It is important to note that the estimated range may be lower when tested on the stricter EPA cycle. To ensure convenient charging, the eSprinter supports DC fast charging at up to 115 kW, allowing for a 10-80% charge in just over 40 minutes.
To optimize the eSprinter’s range, Mercedes has implemented several features. Climate control pre-conditioning, for example, allows the van to be pre-cooled or pre-heated without drawing power from the battery when it is plugged in. Additionally, the eSprinter offers three drive modes: Max Range, Eco, and Comfort. The Max Range mode prioritizes efficiency and extends the vehicle’s range. Eco Assist, on the other hand, provides coaching to the driver on when to utilize regenerative braking, which helps to recharge the battery while driving. Furthermore, the eSprinter is equipped with Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system, offering a seamless and user-friendly experience.
Although the eSprinter has been available in some markets since 2019, the 2024 model will mark its debut in the United States. Manufacturing of the eSprinter will take place at Mercedes’ van factory near Charleston, South Carolina, where the current internal-combustion Sprinter is also produced. This local production allows Mercedes to avoid the 25% tax on imported light trucks and commercial vehicles.
Mercedes has set ambitious goals for the future. By 2025, the company aims to electrify its entire lineup of light vans. These future electric vans will be built on a new platform called Van.EA and will include a mid-size luxury van intended for the U.S. market. Mercedes’ overarching plan is to solely offer electric vehicles (EVs) in key markets by 2030, as it aligns with the global shift towards sustainable transportation.
In conclusion, the availability of the 2024 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric van in the United States presents an exciting opportunity for businesses and individuals in need of a versatile and eco-friendly commercial vehicle. With its impressive cargo space, decent range, and advanced features, the eSprinter represents Mercedes’ commitment to electric mobility and its vision for a more sustainable transportation future.