Mercedes-Benz is adding an all-electric variant to the Sprinter van family for 2024. Dubbed the eSprinter, this electrified workhorse is sure to appeal to business and leisure buyers alike.
The versatility and load capacity of Sprinter vans hold appeal for a wide range of uses in the commercial sector. Still, the recent overlanding trend has brought a boost in the popularity of diesel and gasoline Sprinter vans among everyday consumers as well. Competence off-road and aftermarket possibilities have turned a lot of eyes to these Mercedes haulers. We are interested to see how shoppers respond when eSprinters start production in Charleston, South Carolina, during the second half of 2023.
Here is what we know about the all-new 2024 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter. For starters, the U.S. version will initially come only in the long-wheelbase, high-roof configuration. It will be exclusively powered by the largest of the eSprinter's available lithium-iron phosphate batteries, with a capacity of 113 kWh. Mercedes projects the van will charge from 10% to 80% capacity in 42 minutes plugged into a DC fast charger and drawing the maximum of 115 kW allowed by the eSprinter's architecture. Using a Level 2 charger, the eSprinter will fully charge in a more leisurely 12.3 hours. As for the motor, it will produce roughly 202 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque — not exceptional for an EV, but enough to scoot a work van.
Mercedes isn't quoting EPA range estimates just yet, but last year, in an independently monitored test performed by Mercedes-Benz, this battery proved capable of just over 300 miles of range on a full charge while averaging 35.2 kWh/100 miles (21.9 kWh/100 km).
Pricing is not available at this time. But based on the price of the standard Sprinter, we think it's safe to say the eSprinter will start above $50,000.