Harry Leahey

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Mercedes-Benz has revealed its highly anticipated second-generation electric eSprinter van. 

It is set to hit the North American market in the latter half of 2023, before arriving in European markets before the end of the year.  

The first-generation eSprinter was launched in Europe in 2019, offering customers two battery options with driving ranges of 71 miles and 93 miles respectively. However, it was never made available in North America.

With the launch of the all-new eSprinter, this has changed, with Mercedes-Benz now making a strong push into the electric commercial vehicle market, offering a high-performance and environmentally-friendly solution for delivery needs. 

Taking the fight to Ford’s latest e-Transit Custom, the eSprinter will be available in two power options consisting of a base model with 132bhp, as well as a more powerful configuration with 198bhp. The electric motor weighs in at approximately 130kg, and generates a maximum torque of 400 Nm.  

Its lithium/iron phosphate (LFP) cell battery will offer 113 kWh of usable capacity, along with active thermal management, while also eliminating the use of cobalt and nickel. 

When it arrives in European showrooms, the eSprinter is projected to travel up to 248 miles on a single charge, as tested according to the Worldwide harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

Meanwhile, on the WLTP city cycle, the van is said to provide a range of 311 miles. 

The eSprinter is equipped with 50 kW DC fast charging as standard, though can also support speeds of up to 115 kW of DC fast charging as an option. Should this faster option be selected, the van can charge from 10 to 80 percent in just 42 minutes.

Its maximum cargo capacity is 13,818 litres, and can carry a gross vehicle weight of up to 4.25 metric tons.

Inside, the eSprinter will come equipped with the latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, and will offer the firm's "Hey Mercedes" voice control functionality. 

Pricing for the eSprinter has yet to be announced, but is expected to be released closer to the van’s launch during the second half of this year. 

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Harry Leahey 08/02/23