📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ August 17, 2020
➤ On sale now | From £51,950 | Available in two fast-charging variants.
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The 2020 eSprinter joins the electric line-up at Mercedes-Benz. Priced from £51,950* based on the FWD ‘Progressive’ L2 H2 (medium length / high roof), excl. VAT and OLEV grant.
Offered exclusively in ‘Progressive’ trim grade, the eSprinter comes in two variants, one offering standard 20kW fast-charging meaning the van can be charged from ten to 80 per cent in 120 minutes, the other with 80kW charging, meaning it can be charged from ten to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.
In addition, the eSprinter deploys an energy-recuperation system that recovers energy when the vehicle is decelerating. Drivers can adjust the degree of recuperation with the gearshift paddles and the greater the recuperation, the faster the vehicle decelerate.
The eSprinter is offered in a choice of five solid paints, or five metallic paints can also be chosen for £565. Maturin black fabric upholstery is standard and Caluma black fabric (£60) or black artico faux leather (£60) are additional options. Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard, but upgraded wheel options include 16in full wheel cover set (£95), 16in light alloys (£650), or black light alloys (£755).
In ‘Progressive’ trim, the eSprinter includes a heated seat for the driver with armrest, dual passenger seat, comfort overhead control panel, a full-width partition, height and rake adjustable steering wheel, air conditioning, a protective wooden floor, a mode 3 type 2 eight-meter charging cable, headlight assistant, heat-insulating glass, and 270-degree double-wing rear-end doors. In addition to DAB radio, the Mercedes-Benz audio system comes with hand-free Bluetooth and a USB port.
With enhanced safety, the eSprinter’s package of driver support as standard includes active brake assist, attention assist, crosswind assist and emergency eCall. It also offers double locks and Thatcham Category 1-approved alarm, along with remote locking, theft warning alerts and geo-fencing, thanks to Mercedes PRO connect.
Mercedes PRO connect – offered free for the first two years – ensures real-time vehicle management that enables intelligently organised schedules, efficient route-mapping, and assesses the battery charge levels and range of an entire fleet at a glance. The remote eCharging function enables drivers to programme cooling or heating while their van is still charging, to ensure optimal comfort from the moment they step in the vehicle, while conserving battery and maximising driving range.
The ‘Always Connected’ package from Mercedes PRO connect includes simplified fleet communication, optimised assistance, digital records, efficiency fleet management, driving style analysis, mobile vehicle assess and digital e-van management.
Eligible for a government OLEV grant of up to £8,000, the eSprinter is also eligible for Transport for London’s scrappage scheme and is exempt from ULEZ charges.
Offering a range of up to 96 miles, Mercedes-Benz research shows that the average daily van mileage across Europe is 60 miles. Over one and a half million journeys have been analysed anonymously on the EQ Ready app to date and 96 per cent of all journeys recorded were shorter than 60 miles – based on that research, the eSprinter is ideal for last-mile delivery and urban operations.
The eSprinter’s load space remains unchanged thanks to the battery bank’s location under the floor. Four parallel high-voltage battery banks are installed in the eSprinter’s underbody and can be replaced individually in the event of damage. The eSprinter’s battery benefits from an eight-year, 100,000 mile warranty and has an anticipated battery capacity of at least 70 per cent after eight years.