Merc eSprinter coming to SA in 2024

In line with the claim to “Lead in Electric Drive”, Mercedes-Benz Vans will release its new eSprinter in South Africa in 2024.

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The new eSprinter comes with a multitude of technical innovations and is based on a new concept consisting of three modules.

Customers will be able to choose between either a 100 kW or 150 kW with a peak torque of 400 Nm. Different battery pack sizes will be available to meet customers’ varying needs: 56, 81 or 113 kilowatt-hours.

Three Modules

The front module, a uniformly designed front section, includes all high-voltage components and can be combined unchanged with all vehicle variants, regardless of wheelbase and battery size. The module for the integrated high-voltage battery is located in the underbody to save space. The battery location between the axles, together with the robust battery housing, results in a low centre of gravity, which has a positive effect on handling and increases driving safety. The third pillar of the modular design is the rear module with the electrically driven rear axle. Following the principle of the common parts strategy, this is used in all variants of the new eSprinter. The compact and powerful electric motor is also integrated into the rear module.

Load capacity

The load capacity is 14 cubic metres, and the permissible gross vehicle weight is up to 4.25 tonnes.

Range and charging

The van has a range of up to 500 km in the city.

Like all Mercedes-Benz eVans, the new eSprinter is capable of charging with both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). The on-board charger, which converts the current in the vehicle when charging with alternating current, for example at a Wallbox, has a maximum output of 11 kilowatts. The new eSprinter can be charged with up to 115 kW at fast-charging stations.

For customers, fast charging means: charging from 10 to 80 percent of full capacity takes around 28 minutes for the 56-kWh battery and around 42 minutes for the 113-kWh battery.

Infotainment and other features

The new eSprinter also impresses in terms of digitisation and infotainment: it comes with the innovative Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) featuring the latest software generation, previously only familiar to customers from Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

Navigation with "Electric Intelligence" shows the current range in real time depending on the current traffic situation and the topography of the route. It also calculates the best possible charging strategy to get to the destination as quickly as possible, or to have the desired state of charge (SoC) at the destination. Authentication at the charging station is simple via MBUX, with payment via Mercedes me.

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