One of the most popular delivery vans in Germany has an electric counterpart by its side - the eSprinter. Mercedes-Benz's commercial customers will in future be able to choose between the conventional combustion engine and the emission-free electric motor for the Sprinter. With the first generation of the eSprinter, the investment costs for the operational infrastructure are a decisive cost factor in addition to the purchase price. An app that will be available in spring 2020 is intended to bring more transparency to investment decisions. A closer look at the basic electrical concept will help you make a decision. In a dialogue with Markus Reis, Product Manager eSprinter, we take a look at the emission-free future of electromobility at Mercedes-Benz Vans.
gcm: The new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is to be used in a variety of ways in short-haul traffic. What market opportunities and potential does Mercedes-Benz see for the eSprinter?
The eSprinter follows the eVito, which has been successfully on the market for over a year. The eSprinter also enables locally emission-free logistics in urban areas. We see the greatest potential in the so-called CEP sector (courier express parcel), which has reported enormous growth figures. Here in particular, the eSprinter shows its strengths to the full. By accommodating the battery in the underbody, the eSprinter has exactly the same loading volume of 10,5 m³ as in the equivalent model with a combustion engine. And the payload of a good ton is also ideal for this segment.
Mercedes eCharging Planner supports potential customers
gcm: For commercial use, special attention must be paid to the operational charging infrastructure in advance. Which requirements and investments are the focus for commercial use?
That is exactly the question that many businesses ask themselves before switching to e-mobility. This is where we come in with our eCharging Planner and offer transparent advice right from the start. Is my grid connection power sufficient? What structural measures may I have to take at my location? Which wallbox is best for me? What does it cost me and above all: When will it be amortized? The eCharging Planner, which can be accessed free of charge on the website from spring 2020, supports potential customers in answering precisely these questions. Because e-mobility is more than just the vehicle. That is why advice over the entire so-called "customer journey" is an essential part of our offer.
gcm: The importance of the use of electric vehicles in urban environments will obviously increase. What developments and innovations can Mercedes Benz Vans customers expect in the field of electromobility and fuel cell technology by 2025?
Mercedes-Benz Vans electrifies its entire commercial product portfolio. eVito and eSprinter make the start. And the successor to our Citan city delivery van will also have an electric version. In addition, we will also be offering a primarily privately positioned electric vehicle in 2020 with the EQV.
With our so-called ecosystem, we offer various services related to electromobility. From intelligent charging management and tools for fleet managers to preconditioning the air conditioning during charging. This is how we think holistically with our eDrive @ VANs strategy for electromobility.
gcm: Thank you very much, Mr. Reis
Interview December 2019 on the presentation of the eSprinter from Mercedes-Banz Vans.
Cover picture: Markus Reis, Product Manager Mercedes-Benz eSprinter - Copyright Mercedes-Benz
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