The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter has been undergoing winter endurance tests in Sweden’s Arjeplog. The fully electric van has proved its operational ability in minus 30 degree temperatures, icy roads, deep snow and extreme conditions. The vehicle has completed one of its last milestones and on its way to its EU market launch in the second half of 2019.

The vehicles were put through numerous complex tests on the difficult test site close to the Arctic Circle. Testing included driving on a frozen lake to examine the effects of extreme cold on handling, ergonomics and comfort using special measuring technology. The starting behaviour and low-temperature resistance of the drive components, software and interfaces were tested in cold cell facilities.

With a range of approximately 150 kilometres when configured with a battery capacity of 55 kWh, the eSprinter is perfectly designed for inner-city short-radius distribution. The tests in Sweden have shown: even in the unfavourable conditions experienced in the Arctic, a range of around 100 km is still available to the customer.

The eSprinter is equipped with an integrated fast-charging function with which it can recharge around 80 % of its energy in 30 minutes – this is a great advantage in the daily routine of a van that must function reliably whatever the temperature.

“Yet again we asked a lot of our eSprinter during the final winter endurance tests,” says Benjamin Kaehler, Head of eDrive@VANs at Daimler AG. “Thanks to our comprehensive tests, we were able to squeeze out the last couple of percentage points from our second fully-electric van after the eVito on its way to complete market readiness. Particularly with regard to thermal management, so important to electric vans, we were able to gain insights which will make the eSprinter safer and more comfortable. We are very proud of the result and are looking forward to being able to offer our customers an extremely reliable product very soon that is more than suitable for everyday use, regardless of the conditions.”

Similar to the entry-level diesel engine, the electric drive in the eSprinter has an output of 85 kW and a torque figure of up to 300 Newton metres. 

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