Newport Beach, California – Electric elegance is hidden under the familiar exterior of the new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter. Sporting a nearly identical appearance to its gasoline counterpart, the eSprinter reveals its transformation under the hood. With a 113 kWh battery housed in its belly and a rear-wheel drive electric motor, this electric van offers a silent alternative for delivery.
The resemblance between the electric eSprinter and its gasoline counterpart is striking at first glance. Mercedes-Benz even left the fuel cap from the internal combustion model, adding a subtle touch to the aesthetics. However, the true revolution takes place under the body, with an all-new electric architecture.
The interior space of the eSprinter offers a cargo volume of 13.8 cubic meters, slightly less than the gasoline version’s 15.05 cubic meters. The maximum payload is 1,191 kg, still offering considerable carrying capacity. The features of the electric model are complemented by a window near the ceiling, providing a functional view of the cargo space. You have the option of a windowless separate cabin that comes with a camera in the rear-view mirror. The eSprinter is equipped with the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz’s infotainment software, including an MBUX voice assistant and various safety features. With an announced range of 440 kilometers (WLTP), the model promises top-notch electric performance, although our test drive in pouring rain in California suggests a range that will be closer to 300 km in everyday life.
The synchronous permanent magnet electric motor, combined with a lithium/iron phosphate battery, delivers 201 horsepower and an impressive torque of 295 lb.-ft. Improved thermal management and the heat pump ensure optimal efficiency, while charging times range from 42 minutes to 12 hours depending on the chosen options. Later, Mercedes is preparing a 64 kWh motor in a different package that will offer 134 horsepower. No marketing details have been announced for this model yet.
The driving experience of the eSprinter, although focused on functionality, features notable characteristics. Heated seats, adjustable driving modes, and five regenerative braking modes offer a driving experience tailored to the driver’s needs.
The main obstacle seems to be the high initial price of $107,273, with options that can easily bring the bill to $115,000 or $120,000. Compared to the fully equipped Ford e-Transit at just $76,000, the eSprinter could be a difficult investment for many small businesses.
Although the eSprinter impresses with its quiet driving, navigation system, and anti-side wind efficiency, the high cost raises questions about its viability for a wide audience. The future may reveal more affordable versions that meet the needs of small businesses, while giants like Amazon, DHL, or UPS could be the early adopters of this electric revolution on wheels. Do cheaper batteries justify the high cost of the eSprinter? Will a base version planned for next year really be more accessible?
– Quiet driving
– Optional navigation system
– Anti-side wind efficiency
– High price
– Extensive options list
– Room for improvement in terms of loading capacity
The text “Mercedes-Benz eSprinter 2024” is from “L’annuel de l’automobile – Actualité automobile”