The Mercedes eSprinter has been on the market in Europe for a while, however with a spread of slightly below 100 miles. That’s too quick for most individuals and firms. However now Mercedes is on the brink of begin manufacturing of the next-generation eSprinter in two factories in Germany in February of 2023. US manufacturing is scheduled to start in Charleston, South Carolina, within the second half of 2023.
Lately, the next-generation eSprinter van drove from the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart to the airport in Munich. The journey was on public roads that included some mountainous sections. When it returned to Stuttgart, it had lined 295 miles (475 km) and had about 12 miles (19 km) of vary left. That’s a fairly spectacular quantity for a giant cargo van that has many options however good aerodynamic effectivity not being one in all them.
Autoblog studies that Mercedes hasn’t shared any technical particulars, however did say the long-wheelbase, high-roof eSprinter prototype (pictured above) logged a mean electrical energy consumption of 21.9 kilowatt-hours per 62 miles (100 km), or 2.8 miles (4.5 km) per kWh. It additionally famous that the van was fitted with the largest of the three battery packs that will probably be out there at launch and that’s the battery that will probably be put in in eSprinter vans constructed for the American market.
Whereas a 295 mile vary is hardly spectacular in a section dominated by long-range diesel-powered fashions, it’s a fairly good determine for an electrical van and a giant enchancment over the 93 miles (150 km) the unique model of the eSprinter was able to. Mercedes didn’t point out whether or not the prototype van was carrying any cargo on this journey or, in that case, how a lot it weighed.
One one who posted a remark to the Autoblog story mentioned: “2.8 miles per kWh is spectacular effectivity for a automobile of this dimension, even when it was hauling nothing. Heck, our e-tron doesn’t even get that. Primarily based on the effectivity quantity and 300 miles of vary, the battery might be round 110 kWh.
“Laborious to see this being priced under $60K when ICE variations are already that a lot, however working prices will shortly make up the distinction, to not point out considerably much less upkeep. Would make a terrific platform for an EV camper van!”
For you van life fanatics, the final half ought to put a giant smile in your face. We are going to replace you on specs and pricing within the US as quickly as Mercedes releases that data.
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