It will be built in South Carolina for the US and Canada.
Late last year, word leaked out that Mercedes was seriously considering bringing the electric version of its successful Sprinter van to the US. Now, Mercedes has confirmed it will be doing just that and will be launching the eSprinter in the USA and Canada. According to the leak, the eSprinter will have a maximum range of 93 miles; something Mercedes hasn't confirmed in its announcement. However, not having quite the range of the recently announced Ford E-Transit's 126 miles may not be too significant. "The future of mobility is electric in the transport sector, especially in the last mile delivery segment," Mercedes says.
The eSprinter is based on the new Mercedes Electric Versatility Platform and is already being built in Dusseldorf, Germany, alongside conventionally powered Sprinter models. In Europe, it will also be built in Ludwigsfelde, Germany, and in North America will go into production at its North Charleston plant in South Carolina.
"Our North Charleston plant will be the first to bring the next generation of the eSprinter to the United States," said Arnhelm Mittelbach, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC. "We are proud that we have earned the trust of the company to produce this vehicle as an important pillar of the Mercedes-Benz Vans production network. We are also grateful for the continued support from the state of South Carolina and Charleston County in the development of our facility and our team who have worked hard to reach this milestone in our growth."
According to Mercedes, the eSprinter will also be produced as a chassis model and provide a basic platform for "among other things, ambulances, motorhomes or refrigerated transporters." Like the current Sprinter, doubtless buyers will convert the eSprinter into all kinds of things, including luxury hotel rooms on wheels.
Unfortunately for Mercedes, it won't be in production here until the second half of 2023, giving the Ford E-Transit a big head start. Ford plans on having the E-Transit on the streets in late 2021. However, Mercedes should still catch the wave as industry analysts estimate that electric commercial van sales will rise from about 56,000 sales per year to around 623,000 by 2030. Mercedes already has a solid reputation with its Sprinter line of vans, so it is in the perfect position to evolve into the market and capitalize on demand.