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Electrified and connected Mercedes Sprinter to land in 2019

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Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
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Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
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Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
The new-look 2019 Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 configurations
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The new-look 2019 Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 configurations
There's no word yet on performance details such as range, power or recharge times for the 2019 eSprinter
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There's no word yet on performance details such as range, power or recharge times for the 2019 eSprinter
There's no word yet on performance details such as range, power or recharge times for the 2019 eSprinter
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There's no word yet on performance details such as range, power or recharge times for the 2019 eSprinter
Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
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Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
The new-look 2019 Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 configurations
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The new-look 2019 Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 configurations
Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
The new-look 2019 Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 configurations
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The new-look 2019 Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 configurations
Infotainment display inside the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Infotainment display inside the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
There's no word yet on performance details such as range, power or recharge times for the 2019 eSprinter
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There's no word yet on performance details such as range, power or recharge times for the 2019 eSprinter
Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
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Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
The new-look 2019 Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 configurations
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The new-look 2019 Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 configurations
Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
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Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
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Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup
The 2019 Mercedes Sprinter comes with a host of new safety features including active brake assist and lane keeping assist
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The 2019 Mercedes Sprinter comes with a host of new safety features including active brake assist and lane keeping assist
The 2019 Mercedes Sprinter comes with a host of new safety features including active brake assist and lane keeping assist
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The 2019 Mercedes Sprinter comes with a host of new safety features including active brake assist and lane keeping assist

Mercedes is forging ahead with the electrification of its van lineup, today announcing the arrival of the eSprinter. Set to arrive in 2019, the electrified version of Mercedes' light commercial van will be optimized for city driving, with it and the other newly announced third-generation Sprinters billed as the German automaker's first fully connected vans.

The reveal of the eSprinter follows warmly on the heels of the eVito announcement in November last year, although the specs are a little more scarce this time around. There's no word yet on performance details such as range, torque or recharge times, with Mercedes noting that the vehicles will be individually tailored to customer needs.

Built to be used as anything from an ambulance to a minibus to a courier or camper van, the new-look 2019 Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 configurations. The non-electric version will be powered by diesel, with Mercedes claiming the operating costs of both will be comparable.

Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019
Mercedes today announced the arrival of the electric eSprinter, coming in 2019

All come loaded with Mercedes Pro connect services, which means a "comprehensive" internet connection and fleet management services for business owners. This allows things like fuel levels, maintenance requirements and the location of individual vehicles to be tracked remotely online, along with dynamic route guidance.

There's also a new 10.25-inch HD infotainment display with voice-control and a host of new safety features. These include active brake assist, lane keeping assist, an optional parking package that uses a 360-degree camera, along with an optional blind spot assistant to autonomously brake if the driver is backing up towards a pedestrian or other traffic.

The camper van variant of the new Sprinter will come with a new control center designed to turn the vehicle into a connected home on wheels. Through a companion smartphone app, owners will be able to connect with the vehicle from anywhere, switching on the heating or cooling in advance, for example.

Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019
Interior of the electric Mercedes eSprinter, coming in 2019

"Our new Sprinter is the first van of a new type – a fully connected integral system solution," says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes‑Benz Vans. "We have made it even better with regard to its traditional strengths and have supplemented it with intelligent products and services. This makes the Sprinter an integral part of the value chain. So we are unlocking a new dimension in terms of efficiency, flexibility, connectivity and profitability for our customers. And we are doing it precisely tailored to each particular industry."

The non-electric versions of the new Sprinter are now available for order. They will launch in Europe in June 2018 and to other markets thereafter, with prices starting at €19,900 (US$24,800) for the entry-level model. The electrified eSprinter will follow in 2019.

Source: Daimler

5 comments
Jason Odom
The electrified version of this Sprinter will become the Vanabode of the future, probably the greatest offgrid vehicle ever designed for affordable long term travel based on low operating costs. My wife and I have road traveled over a million miles in 22+ years of marriage, and keeping costs low has been the key to camping for 5-7 months at a time rather than one week a year. If the body is wider than the old Sprinter great, otherwise I cannot think of a better van to recreational vehicle conversion candidate.
guzmanchinky
I love my turbodiesel Sprinter that my RV is based on. So quiet, so extremely powerful.
Craig Jennings
I still think it weird to look at full e commercial vehicles. The load and driving varies so much between users and even day to day. The diesels are amazingly economical at set speed and only get thirsty in speed transitions. Hybrid territory you'd think.
Don Duncan
I understand they are still testing, therefore they don't have "performance details". But why no battery info? I read lots of stuff on "bells & whistles" but nothing about the "electrified" part. The title drew me to read a commercial, not a report on a new type of BEV.
ChairmanLMAO
Agree with Craig and Jason the sprinter needs to be wider and should be hybrid deisel/ electric. While my concern is can you install an alarm system or does it come with the fully internet integrated camperized van only? Also I would consider the 4x4 version firstly. My favorite vehicle by far. Funny that most people I know can't understand why I like it so much.