Mercedes-Benz has announced a new line of electric vans, under the new name eSprinter, according to a press release Wednesday. The lineup offers four different van styles with its Electric Versatility Platform; an ambulance, a grocery transporter, a flatbed truck, and the aptly-titled “people mover.” Each eSprinter also offers up to three battery options and a variety of body options to further add to their customization abilities.
The unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter lineup also supports Daimler’s Ambition 2039, an environmental goal in which the company hopes to be carbon neutral by 2039 – a period of under 20 years from now.
What do people do in the shower for 45min+ ?
I just sat in the shower for an hour thinking about how "Mercedes-Benz" has 3 E's all pronounced differently ? pic.twitter.com/vMvlR3qsYf
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Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said, “The next generation eSprinter is enabling us to make many more body variants available. This will ensure we meet the requirements of our customers across multiple sectors in the future, while offering the advantages of locally emission-free electric drive.” He continued, “The Sprinter has been demonstrating our competences in the field of transport for a quarter of a century. In the field of electromobility, we have initiated many innovations in recent years. Now, with the implementation of our accelerated electrification strategy, that is exactly what we are relying on – our innovation and expertise!”
The eSprinter project’s Electric Versatility Platform represents an investment of 350 million euros ($424,252,709.16 USD), a hefty sum to establish the lineup. Still, even without a clear set of delivery dates available for Mercedes-Benz’s new vans, the consumer market is likely to treat them to a warm welcome when they do hit the road.
It would be interesting if Tesla would at some point consider an electric utility van for tradespeople and other businesses that require this van setup.