The next generation electric Sprinter van will be built in the U.S. at Mercedes’ current Sprinter and Metris production plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, in addition to two facilities in Germany. Mercedes-Benz is investing over $400 million U.S in the next generation eSprinter, Mercedes-Benz announced on March 30.
In the announcement, Mercedes says the next generation eSprinter will target new customer segments and markets, including the USA and Canada.
"The future of mobility is electric in the transport sector, especially in the last mile delivery segment. Our share of battery-electric vehicles is constantly growing. We have consistently aligned our strategy accordingly, and underline with our strategic pillar ‘Lead in Electric Drive’ our leadership aim in electric mobility in the vans sector," says Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
In December, Mercedes announced that the new eSprinter will have three battery options and various body configurations, including a cutaway chassis model suitable for ambulances, motorhomes or refrigerated transporters.
The U.S. is the second largest market for Sprinter vans, after Germany. The current European eSprinter comes with a 114-hp electric motor powering the front wheels and a choice of either a 35- or 47-kWh battery pack.
As early as 2022, Mercedes-Benz’ own passenger car and van plants will produce CO2-neutral worldwide in line with the targets of Ambition 2039. The automaker intends to only use electric energy from renewable sources in all its plants.