Since its launch, the Ford E-Transit – an all-electric version of the top-selling Ford Transit – has dominated the EV van segment, though it’s worth noting that it doesn’t have much competition in that regard – at least not yet. The E-Transit was one of the very first EV vans to hit the market, but it will soon be joined by many others. That includes the Mercedes eSprinter – an all-electric version of the popular Sprinter – which has been on sale in Europe for years now. Now, the 2024 Mercedes eSprinter destined for the U.S. has been officially revealed, giving us a better look at the future E-Transit rival.
Unlike some of Mercedes’ other EVs, the eSprinter looks a lot like its ICE-powered brethren, which is by design, much like the E-Transit – commercial customers interested in these types of vehicles don’t need or necessarily want unique styling, after all. However, these two models obviously diverge in terms of powertrains, with the U.S. version of the eSprinter utilizing a 113 kWh battery pack and a single electric motor that’s available in 100 or 150 kW outputs (134 or 201 horsepower) and as much as 295 pound-feet of torque. In terms of range, Mercedes managed 248.5 miles using Europe’s generous WLTP cycle, and notes that it achieved up to 311 miles on a single charge during its own testing.
Charging speed is a bit less than one might expect at 9.6 kW for AC power and 50 kW of standard DC fast-charging capability – with a quicker 115 kW available as an option – but Mercedes notes that faster charging isn’t necessary for the types of businesses – such as last-mile delivery services – that it expects the van to appeal to.
In the U.S., the 2024 Mercedes eSprinter will be offered initially in long-wheelbase, cargo van configuration with a high roof, and it will be produced at the automaker’s plant in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s set to launch in both the U.S. and Canada in the second half of 2023, though pricing has yet to be announced.
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Ford better be hoping that the MBZ is $30k more. A 250-300 mile range puts the eTransit, at 130 on a good day, to shame.
I hope the Esprinter is more reliable than the ice models… Which with recommended maintenance blows it’s engine at 90,000 miles .