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Will the e-Sprinter take off?

Mercedes-Benz unveiled it's new electric model to add to it's long list of recent and previous models.

The eSprinter all electric van will have a range of up to 93 miles and a maximum payload of 1,000kgs. The two battery options available will determine the two maximum distances you are able to travel. The options being 55kWh for 93 miles maximum range and 41 kWh for the 71 miles maximum range.

Obviously this in comparison to Diesel/Petrol/Hybrid vehicles is quite a difference in distance on a full tank however this vehicle would be better suited to inner city multidrops rather than any kind of journey work. Otherwise you would be forever panicking where the next top up point was.

The battery pack supplied feeds an electric motor with an alleged output of 84 kW and a torque of up to 300 newton metres with a limited top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) to maximize range or 120 km/h (75 mph) otherwise.

It is marketed as a high roof panel van with a GVW of 3500 kgs, a vehicle length of 5932 millimetres, a wheelbase of 3924 millimetres and a maximum load capacity of 10.5 m3.

Mercedes-Benz says that the model could be useful as a passenger shuttle or as a delivery vehicle in cities.

Mercedes-Benz Vans have said that they are investing 150 million euros in the electrification of their lineup apparently. Will they be a success, well I would suggest yes for those companies delivering parcels to multiple locations in close proximity around cities, but will these companies invest? Obviously there is the benefit of showing your greener side as a company by investing but what will the price be for these modern electric vehicles.

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