Mercedes-Benz has added a battery-powered variant to its Sprinter van lineup, making it the second all-electric commercial van from the German luxury automaker.
The new offering is intended for commercial use. It has a top speed of 75 mph and a battery range of up to 104 miles, Mercedes said. The van is powered by a 55 kWh battery and can haul up to 1,964 pounds.
While rumors have swirled about an all-electric Sprinter being sold in the U.S., timing for that remains unclear. Daimler AG sells the combustion-engine Sprinter in the U.S. market under the Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner brands.
The electric Sprinter is built alongside the combustion-engine version in Dusseldorf, Germany. It is the second van model, following the eVito passenger van. The third model will be the eCitan.
Daimler designed the eSprinter with some market flexibility. For customers who need more utility, a second battery option trades range for additional carrying capacity. A smaller 41 kWh battery offers a range of 71 miles with a payload of up to 2,304 pounds.
Using a fast charger, the eSprinter's battery can be refilled to about 80 percent in 30 minutes.
Through November, Mercedes sold 28,112 Sprinter vans in the U.S., a 5.5 percent increase from the 26,649 deliveries reported during the same period last year, according to estimates from the Automotive News Data Center.