In 2020 the Sprinter van and minibus celebrated its 25-year history (see note). Now, to continue the successes, Mercedes-Benz announced that from 2023 there will be three plants that will manufacture the eSprinter, the electric version of the model that debuted in Europe in 2019. In Düsseldorf, where it has been assembled since then, will be joined by Ludwigsfelde , also in Germany, and North Charleston, in the state of South Carolina, United States. At each plant, Daimler will invest around € 50 million in adaptations that allow it to carry out the production of the new generation.
In the German statement, it is detailed that each of the complexes will manufacture the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter on the same production line that assembles the versions with a conventional combustion engine. This will allow Mercedes-Benz to “respond very precisely” to the needs of the market, as it could increase or reduce the production of the eSprinter to match the fluctuating demand of the eSprinter and the ‘normal’ Sprinter.
The new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter will be mounted on the Electric Versatility Platform, which – as its name suggests – offers great versatility, with two chassis lengths and three battery pack options. All passenger models will be rear-wheel drive, although – as is currently the case – there will also be a chassis variant specially created for vehicles such as ambulances and motorhomes. In the case of these alternatives with a combustion engine, they are front-wheel drive to save the space occupied by the transmission tunnel.
Mercedes-Benz Vans boss Marcus Breitschwerdt said that “the future of mobility is electric in the transport sector, especially in the last mile delivery segment (urban delivery).” His sentiments were shared by Mercedes-Benz Vans production manager Dr. Ingo Ettischer, who commented that “we will benefit from our experience that we have already accumulated with great success in the production of electric and conventionally driven vans in one of the lines from our plant in Düsseldorf ”. Daimler also produces the eVito, the eco-friendly version of the Mercedes-Benz Vito.
The new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter 2023 is expected to far exceed the range of the current electric version which reaches only 180 km at best.