Mercedes turns the Sprinter into a clean car

Mercedes turns the Sprinter into a clean car

Regardless of whether it’s a move or a vacation – anyone who borrows a van or a motorhome often ends up in a Mercedes Sprinter. Now the all-rounder is available in an electric version. But a catch remains.

Whisper-quiet delivery vehicles, parcel carriers without diesel smoke, tradesmen on the green wave and motorhomes without climate shame – the electric revolution has long since spread to light commercial vehicles. Even more so than in passenger cars, there have so far been more or less compromise-filled conversions that are far removed from everyday use profiles. But manufacturers are slowly starting to rethink this and there are major leaps in development.

After Renault, Fiat and Ford, Mercedes is now sending another evolutionary stage of its largest transporter series into the race: From spring onwards, the Swabians will be selling the eSprinter 2.0 at prices starting at around 71,200 euros and promise more range, more driving comfort and more intelligence.

Better integration creates more opportunities

The heart of this is a new modular system with which the essential components, the high-voltage control, the batteries and the motor can be bundled into three models and better integrated into the platform.

This is primarily intended to increase flexibility – and with it market coverage. Because even if Mercedes is initially starting with a panel van in two lengths and with two roof heights in view of the high demand for parcel and courier services, other forms of expansion will also be possible for the first time: whether it’s a flatbed truck, minibus or even a motorhome – in the future every sprinter will be able to do so be built as electric vehicles, so that not only tradesmen, suppliers or company drivers can get behind the wheel, but increasingly private individuals too – even if it’s just in a rental van for the next move.

From short to medium distance

With the generation change, the range in particular makes a leap: While the first model was only available with a modest 35 or 47 kWh and a charging stop was required after almost 160 kilometers at the latest, Mercedes is now installing a 56 kWh battery for 220 kilometers in the entry-level version. Alternatively, there is 81 kWh for 310 kilometers.

Or you can take the top model with 113 kWh, which costs more than 100,000 euros. With a range of 440 kilometers, this should be enough for a long working day or a short vacation and is at the same level as a car. The only thing that separates the van from it is when it comes to charging: electric drivers can only laugh at 11 kW of alternating current and 115 kW of direct current.

Of course, the Sprinter beats cars by far when it comes to charging in other respects: after all, hardly any other electric car offers a payload of around 1.2 tons, such a large, deep and flat trunk with a volume of up to 14 cubic meters and can also carry two tons on top of that pull.

For climate and comfort

The electric drive is primarily about the climate. But especially in a transporter, the comfort increases with the change: where the diesel engines roar loudly and find a powerful sound resonance chamber in the huge cabin, the silence of the electric vehicle is even better here.

And the powerful starting torque of the electric motor also helps: Of course, a delivery van like this is not a competitive athlete. But if a sprinter lives up to its name, it is the electric version with its 400 Nm, which can be accessed from the first revolution. However, the enthusiasm quickly wanes again.

Regardless of whether you order the version with 100 kW/136 hp or with 150 kW/204 hp: the top speed is initially limited to 90 km/h due to popular requests from fleet operators. And even if you tick the top speed increase when ordering, you won’t drive faster than 120 km/h.

Update on assistance and digital intelligence

With the new drive generation, the Sprinter has received a facelift from which the combustion engines also benefit – even if there is hardly any change to the design. However, Mercedes is installing new or greatly improved assistance systems and smartening up the infotainment: The latest MBUX generation with voice control runs on a larger screen and particularly takes the needs of Generation E into account. The car can be programmed to pre-air-condition at the socket and the navigation system determines not only the route but also the appropriate stops for charging.

Conclusion: The next big step

The first edition of the electric sprinter was little more than an alibi. But the second generation has already become a good part of everyday life and is suitable for many more purposes and is also interesting for private individuals thanks to the possible design variants. And Mercedes doesn’t want to leave it at that. In just two years, another generation will come that will make everything even better – and hopefully be a little cheaper too. Because the catch is the high price.

Data sheet: Mercedes eSprinter L3H2

Engine and drive: Electric motor
Maximum power: 150 kW/204 HP
Max. Torque: 400 Nm
Drive: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: Single-speed automatic
mass and weight
Length: 7367mm
Width: 2020mm
Height: 2610mm
Wheelbase: 4325mm
Empty weight: 3075kg
Payload: 1175kg
Trunk volume: 14 cubic meters (m³)
Driving data:
Maximum speed: 120 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: n/a
Battery capacity (gross) 113 kWh
Average consumption: n/a
Range: 440km
Charging power AC/DC: 11/115kW
CO2 emission: 0g/km
Fuel: Electricity
Efficiency class: A+
Base price of the model series: 71,281 euros
Price of the Sprinter Price of the Sprinter L3H2: around 104,000 euros
Type classes: n/a
Vehicle tax: 0 euros/year
Important standard equipment:
Security: Four airbags, ESPlane keeping assistant, blind spot assistant
Comfort: Air conditioning, navigation, panoramic camera


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