The all-electric Mercedes eSprinter panel van is the latest to join an ever-growing list of electric commercial vehicles to buy in the UK.
It now takes its place alongside the impressive Vauxhall Vivaro-e and the Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter.
Prices start at £51,950 for the eSprinter, though this does not include the £8,000 plug-in van grant from the government.
Electric powertrain for the eSprinter
For the money, owners get an electric powertrain for the eSprinter which consists of an electric motor powering the front axle and a 55 kW battery pack.
The power output for the motor is 114 bhp and there’s a useful torque figure of 295Nm.
Mercedes will also electronically limit the top speed for their eSprinter to 83 mph and, more importantly for anybody interested in an all-electric van, the range for it will be 96 miles.
eSprinter’s cargo bay is the same size
The eSprinter’s cargo bay is the same size as the sibling since the battery pack is located underneath the van’s floor.
This means there is still 11 cubic metres available, though the maximum payload is down to 774 kg from 1 tonne.
Recharging the pack will take around eight hours using a 7.4 kW AC wall box charger.
Two DC fast-charging systems
However, there’s the option of two DC fast-charging systems of either 20 kW or 80 kW.
The standard system, the 20 kW, will see the battery pack being recharged in 120 minutes to 80% of its capacity.
The 80 kW system will do this in just 30 minutes.
Firms wanting to invest in an electric panel van
That’s a big boost to firms wanting to invest in an electric panel van and the spec includes 16-inch steel wheels and a mode 2 Type II charging cable.
There is also a full width cargo bay partition along with air conditioning, a DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity and heat insulating glass.
Options include 16-inch alloy wheels, electrically folding and heated wing mirrors, faux-leather seats, a reversing camera and metallic paint.
Safety equipment for the Mercedes eSprinter
Safety equipment for the Mercedes eSprinter includes crosswind assist, active brake assist, driver attention alert, lane keeping assist and the Mercedes emergency call function.
The eSprinter also has a dedicated smartphone app so owners can manage the battery charging schedule remotely and also use it to find nearby charging stations.
The van also checks what the current battery capacity is and also enables the simulation of a journey to indicate how much range will be required before setting off.
The all-electric Mercedes eSprinter panel van is available to order now.