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Mercedes eSprinter review

Category: Electric Van

Section: Introduction

Mercedes eSprinter action front
  • Mercedes eSprinter action front
  • Mercedes eSprinter side view
  • Mercedes eSprinter interior
  • Mercedes eSprinter cargo space
  • Mercedes eSprinter regenerative braking controls
  • Mercedes eSprinter action front
  • Mercedes eSprinter side view
  • Mercedes eSprinter interior
  • Mercedes eSprinter cargo space
  • Mercedes eSprinter regenerative braking controls
What Car?’s eSprinter deals

Introduction

What Car? says...

There’s a common misconception that the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is an expensive van.

Yes, it might cost you a chunk more upfront than its closest rivals, but Mercedes knows as well as anyone that a van is a working tool that has to at least earn its keep. So, while the old adage of "buy cheap and buy twice" doesn’t quite apply to buying a new van, buying a pricier one like the Sprinter might not cost you more when you come to adding up the total cost of running the vehicle.

Unlike other Sprinters, the eSprinter comes in just one size, with a medium-length body and a high roof (L2 H2), but crucially there are two battery sizes that allow a range of up to 96 miles. Power comes from an 85kW motor producing 218lb ft of instantaneous torque.

Heavy batteries compromise payloads, but the fact that the eSprinter doesn't need a heavy engine or gearbox helps to balance things out; it's capable of moving up to 1045kg and has a load volume of 11m3.

Charging time for the eSprinter’s depends on which battery pack you choose and the type of charger you are using. A standard model can take a 20kW charge, under which 80% charge can be added in less than two hours. However, on a standard wallbox with a domestic power supply you’d be looking at an eight-hour charge for the 55kWh battery and six hours for the smaller 41kWh battery. Rapid charging is supported as an option, adding an 80kW charging capability that allows an 80% charge to be added in just 30 minutes.

The eSprinter only has one trim option and it's comparable to the mid-level diesel-engined Progressive trim. In addition, the eSprinter comes with remote vehicle pre-conditioning to allow you to heat the cabin before starting a journey and you get two years of Mercedes PRO connect to remotely monitor battery charge levels and routing.