Next generation eSprinter to be built at three plants
By Mike Brezonick30 March 2021
Management and employee representatives at Mercedes-Benz announced they have struck an agreement to build the next generation eSprinter van, which is based on the newly developed Electric Versatility Platform, at three locations – North Charleston, S.C., and Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde, Germany.
Based on a new platform announced at the end of 2020, the next generation of the eSprinter targets new customer segments and markets, including the U.S. and Canada. Mercedes-Benz said it is investing around €350 million in the next generation eSprinter and conversion measures in the plants and retraining is currently in preparation.
“The future of mobility is electric in the transport sector, especially in the last mile delivery segment,” said Marcus Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “Our share of battery electric vehicles is constantly growing. We have consistently aligned our strategy accordingly, and underline with our strategic pillar ‘Lead in Electric Drive’ our leadership aim in electric mobility in the vans sector.
“With our newly developed Electric Versatility Platform, we are significantly expanding our offering in the commercial series. With production of the next generation of the eSprinter in the USA and in Germany, we ensure market-oriented production. In total, we are investing around €350 million into the next generation of the eSprinter.”
“We have decided to expand the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter to a total of three locations in our strong global production network, thus creating optimal synergies,” said Dr. Ingo Ettischer, head of Production at Mercedes-Benz Vans. “We will benefit from our experience which we have already built up very successfully in the production of electric and conventionally driven vans on a line at our plant in Düsseldorf.
“In the future, we will be able to quickly meet the ever-increasing demand for electrically driven vans and, thanks to our intelligent and flexible production, be able to respond very precisely to the requirements of the different markets and make optimum use of our capacities,” “For the adjustment of production, we will invest around €50 million in each of the three plants. We will start production of the eSprinter successively from the second half of 2023.”
The current generation of the eSprinter is already being built in Düsseldorf together on one line with conventionally driven Sprinter models. The principle of manufacturing both drive train variants will also be implemented at the plants in Charleston and Ludwigsfelde. In this way, it will be possible to respond very precisely to the respective market needs in the future.
In addition to the previously available variant as a panel van, the next generation of the eSprinter will also be produced as a chassis model and will thus serve as a basic platform for vehicles such as ambulances, motorhomes or refrigerated transporters.