Mercedes-Benz Confirms Performance Capabilities of eSprinter Electric Van

Mercedes-Benz Confirms Performance Capabilities of eSprinter Electric Van

Mercedes-Benz Confirms Performance Capabilities of eSprinter Electric Van

The eSprinter is set to be an incredibly important new addition to the Mercedes-Benz line-up of LCVs. When it touches down next year, it will bring with it a zero-emissions powertrain and a high-capacity cargo area that will deliver the best of both worlds in terms of eco-friendliness and practicality.

Last week the German automaker revealed the full details of the eSprinter’s specifications, outlining just how much cargo it will be able to carry and how far it will be able to travel before its onboard batteries are out of power.

In ideal circumstances, this electric van will be able to drive for around 150 kilometres, or 90 miles, on a single charge, according to Clean Technica.

This maximum range is only available on the smaller of the two eSprinter variants which is in development, and it brings with it a load limit of 900kg.

In its largest format, the van will have a payload capacity of just over a tonne, while its range will fall to 115 kilometres or around 71 miles. This demonstrates the trade-off that buyers will have to make between heavy-duty hauling potential and long-distance operation.

Of course, in towns and cities, where driving 70 miles in a day is unlikely for any LCV, this restriction will not be as much of an issue for operators. This means that like the other electric vans that are already on the market, the eSprinter will be best equipped for urban deployments, handling deliveries, distribution work and also appealing to contractors.

Fast charging capabilities will make the eSprinter even more viable for business users, as it will take three-quarters of an hour to top up the batteries to 80 percent of their maximum storage capacity. Rather than having to plan out overnight charging policies, operators will be able to keep the van up and running for longer with brief stints of intensive charging.

This is reliant on fast charging facilities being made available around the country, but as electric vehicles become more common this is less of an issue in built-up areas of the UK.

As with other plug-in vans, the eSprinter will still be able to draw charge from a typical outlet and will take between six and eight hours to refill, depending on the model which is chosen.

Mercedes-Benz released a video to accompany the announcement of this model’s performance potential last week, introducing its sleek looks and making obvious the fact that, aside from its electric underpinnings, it will be able to operate identically to its diesel-powered stablemates.

The manufacturer also re-emphasised the idea that the eSprinter will be cheaper for businesses to run because it not only promises lower fuel costs but also should be less of a problem to maintain thanks to the relative simplicity of its mechanical components. Fewer moving parts will mean that there are fewer things that can go awry, making this van an attractive prospect for a variety of compelling reasons.

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