Mercedes-Benz is preparing to release an improved version of its eSprinter electric delivery van, and—hurrah!—will start selling it in the US.
The current-generation eSprinter, which is sold only in Europe, manages a mere 93 miles of range. A pre-production prototype of the new version recently took a road trip from Mercedes HQ in Stuttgart to the Munich airport, through the mountains of the Swabian Jura. The van finished the 295-mile journey with about 12 miles of range left in the tank, and logged an average efficiency of 2.8 miles per kWh (no other technical specs have yet been released).
The prototype was fitted with the largest of three battery pack options that will be available at launch, and Mercedes says this is the pack that will be included on eSprinter models built for the American market.
The next-gen eSprinter will make its official debut in February 2023, and will go on sale soon after that. Production will begin at two plants in Germany in February, and in Charleston, South Carolina in the second half of 2023.