The Mercedes-Benz All-Electric eSprinter Panel Van: The Complete Guide For The UK

The All-Electric Mercedes Benz eSprinter Van
Price: £65,508
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 55 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 82.6 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Mercedes-Benz, simply known as Mercedes, is a leading global luxury automative manufacturer based in Germany. The company is headquartered in Stuttgart and is famed for its high quality passenger vehicles, to include the Mercedes-Maybach. However, the company is also a leader in manufacturing commercial vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz is committed to developing and selling zero-tailpipe emission commercial vans “for every type of business, from deliveries and travel, to trades and transport.” Mercedes is committed to developing both mid-sized and large electric vans. The current portfolio includes the all-electric eVito Panel Van, the eVito Tourer and the all-electric eSprinter Panel Van. The company is also developing the pure electric eCitan panel van.



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The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz eSprinter Panel Van


The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a light commercial van and was launched in Europe in 1995. The vehicle is now in its third-generation. It is also available as a battery-electric vehicle (BEV).

The pure electric eSprinter panel van is available in one EV battery size: 55 kWh. Though this is a decent EV battery size, by no means is it class-leading. Given the price tag, we would have expected to have at least an option to upgrade to a larger EV battery size.

The e-van has a claimed emission-free electric range up to 82.6 miles (WLTP) on a full battery charge. However, the range extends to 95.7 miles (WLTP) for the 50 mph speed limiter. Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, weather conditions, onboard services used etc. Expect a real-world e-range closer to 70 miles. For last mile deliveries this is adequate, however, does restrict the use for longer motorway deliveries.

It is also worth noting that the range is further impacted by the increased weight of the electric van due to the onboard EV battery. The gross vehicle weight of the EV is 3,500 kgs. Having said that, the manufacturer offers DC charging up to 80 kW DC. However, this does not come as standard. The EV has two DC charging options: 20 kW and 80 kW. We would strongly recommend 80 kW. Charging the electric van at 80 kW DC, the EV battery can achieve 80% charge in 30 minutes. Charging the e-van at 20 kW DC will take 120 minutes.

Interestingly, Mercedes has incorporated a single-phase (7.2 kW) onboard AC charger with the EV. This is disappointing given the price tag. In particular, commercial electric vehicles can take advantage of three-phase EV charging at the business premise. At 7.2 kW, the EV battery can be fully charged in 8 hours. In any case, we at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle. This is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery and of course, EV charging times are shorter. Mercedes offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Mercedes eSprinter delivers a maximum power up to 114 hp and 295 Nm torque. The top speed is 75 mph. There are also options for a 62 mph and 50 mph speed limiters. The Mercedes electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase electric range. The e-van has four modes for regenerative braking.

The electric van offers decent cargo volume (11m3) and payload (731 kg). The electric van does not offer towing compatibility. Not surprising, as the extra weight will further impact the pure electric range. The EV offers 3 seats.

The BEV comes with the Mercedes PRO connect as standard. The Mercedes PRO enables remote monitoring to include enhanced safety and security features. Other standard features include: a driver’s armrest, dual passenger seat, full-width partition, heated seat for driver, wooden flooring and semi-automatic TEMPMATIC air conditioning. The e-van is available in 10 colours (solid paint and metallic) and 16″ steel wheels come as standard. Other features include: active brake assist, ATTENTION assist, crosswind assist and keyless start.

The Mercedes eSprinter is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘large vans’ category. These vehicles are between 2,500kg and 4,250kg gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions at all. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £5,000.

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PROS CONS
Decent pure electric range Not compatible for towing
Up to 80 kW DC Charging Only available in one battery size
Good build quality Onboard charger single-phase (7.2 kW)

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The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz eSprinter Panel Van (credit: Mercedes)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Panel Van
Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
Progressive (from £65,508)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 55 kWh
Charging:80 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 7.2 kW AC (0%-100%: 8 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):2687
Width (mm):2345
Length (mm):5932
Wheelbase (mm):3924
Turning Circle (m):14.9
Cargo Volume (m3):11
Payload (kg):731

eSprinter
EV Battery Capacity:55 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):82.6 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):30.9 – 50.7
Charging: 80 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 7.2 kW AC (0%-100%: 8 hrs)
Top Speed:75 mph
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):114
Torque (Nm): 295
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity (kg):0
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):3,500
Colours:10
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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