Shortly after revealing that it was splitting its commercial and passenger vehicle business into two separate entities, Mercedes-Benz debuted three new future EV van platforms, one of which will underpin the all-new eSprinter, which will compete directly with the Ford E-Transit in the U.S. and Europe. The Mercedes-Benz e-Sprinter made its official debut back in February, but as is usually the case, the automaker didn’t reveal all of the details about its new model – including pricing – at that time. Now it has, giving us a clearer picture of how the new EV van stacks up against the segment-leading E-Transit.
The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter will start out at $74,181 for the standard output 100 kW (134 horsepower) variant, and $77,611 for the higher-output 150 kW (201 horsepower) model. Both utilize a 113 kWh battery pack and a single electric motor, and in the U.S., the eSprinter will only be available in one configuration at launch – the long-wheelbase, cargo van with a high roof. Range comes in at around 249 miles on Europe’s generous WLTP cycle, meaning that EPA figures in the U.S. will likely be lower.
By comparison, the Ford E-Transit starts out at $55,995 for the similar cargo van, high roof, extended length variant. That model comes equipped with a 68 kWh battery good for up to 126 miles of range, as well as a single electric motor churning out 266 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque.
As for the Mercedes eSprinter, 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. The new model will be produced at the automaker’s plant in Charleston, South Carolina, and order banks are open now.