Mathias Geisen, Head of Mercedes-Benz's Van Division, expressed the significance of the eSprinter's launch, stating that it underscores the company's commitment to electric mobility and represents the next phase of its electrification strategy. Geisen highlighted the vehicle's versatility and adaptability, positioning it as an ideal choice for a diverse range of applications.
The decision to bring the electric van to the U.S. market is attributed to several factors, including a focus on sustainability and achieving emission-free fleet operations. Additionally, early market entry appears to be a strategic imperative, as Mercedes-Benz aims to establish its presence in the burgeoning electric vehicle segment before potential competitors, such as Tesla, make similar moves.
At launch, the eSprinter boasts a 170″ wheelbase, powered by a 113-kilowatt-hour battery with a usable capacity of 113 kWh. It offers a WLTP-rated range of 440 kilometers (273 miles) and provides a cargo capacity of 488 cubic feet. The van supports a Permissible Gross Vehicle Weight of up to 9,370 pounds and offers optional features such as the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) and intelligent safety systems like Active Brake Assist and Blind Spot Assist.
Mercedes-Benz has prioritized in-car technology with the eSprinter, integrating cloud-based services and the Mercedes “me connect” digital ecosystem. The vehicle features MBUX, enabling voice-controlled assistance for various functions, including navigation and charging location searches.
The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is now available for purchase at U.S. dealerships, with leasing options starting at $998 for 36 months with a $6,386 due at signing.