Mercedes-Benz is getting its next-generation eSprinter ready – and it’ll be a more mainstream offering with a variety of body styles, sizes, and battery packs on offer.
Overnight Mercedes-Benz revealed the first details about Electric Versatility Platform that will underpin the next-generation eSprinter, which will be available in van, people mover and cab chassis forms.
Estimated to cost at least €350 million ($570 million) to develop, the architecture features an electric motor on the rear axle and batteries stored under the floor. It also supports two wheelbase options.
Vehicles based on the architecture will be offered with the choice of three different batteries.
Mercedes-Benz hasn’t revealed the capacities or range estimates of these packs, but claims the new van will be suitable for US and Canadian customers, who typically have to drive further than their European counterparts.
It’s unclear when new eSprinter using the Electric Versatility Platform will be launched, or whether it will be offered in Australia.
The current eSprinter, which was unveiled in 2018, is a little limited and only targeted at delivery drivers working in urban centres in Europe.
It is powered by a 84kW/300Nm electric motor. This is paired to either a 41kWh battery with 115km of driving range, or a 55kWh unit with 150km range.
Top speed is restricted to 80km/h in urban areas, and 120km/h on highways. Payload is limited to between 900 and 1040 kilograms depending on the battery pack installed.