The eSprinter completes winter endurance test
The objective: complete reliability – even in severe conditions. The winter endurance tests on the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter focussed precisely on this. For several weeks the development team subjected the fully-electric van to a true endurance test in Sweden's Arjeplog. At temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees with icy roads and deep snow, the eSprinter proved its operability under extreme conditions. Thus the vehicle completed one of its last milestones on the way to its market launch in the second half of 2019.
The vehicle was put through numerous complex tests on the difficult test site close to the Arctic Circle. Testing included driving on a frozen lake to examine the effects of extreme cold on handling, ergonomics and comfort using special measuring technology. The starting behaviour and low-temperature resistance of the drive components, software and interfaces were tested in cold cell facilities.
Benjamin Kaehler, Head of eDrive for VANs at Daimler AG, commented on the winter testing of the eSprinter:
“Yet again we asked a lot of our eSprinter during the final winter endurance tests. Thanks to our comprehensive tests, we were able to squeeze out the last couple of percentage points from our second fully-electric van after the eVito on its way to complete market readiness. Particularly with regard to thermal management, so important to electric vans, we were able to gain insights which will make the eSprinter safer and more comfortable. We are very proud of the result and are looking forward to being able to offer our customers an extremely reliable product very soon that is more than suitable for everyday use, regardless of the conditions.”
Initially, the new eSprinter will be available as a panel van with a high roof and a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3500 kilogrammes. Its maximum load volume is 10.5 m³ just like a comparable Sprinter.
Equipped with a battery capacity of 55 kWh, its range is an estimated 150 kilometres with a maximum payload of 900 kilogrammes. With the second battery option, customers can prioritise other operational parameters. A capacity of 41 kWh allows the payload to be increased by around 140 kilogrammes to a total of 1040 kilogrammes with a range of about 115 kilometres. The integrated fast-charging function provides for more flexibility; 80 % of battery charge can be recharged within 30 minutes.
Similar to the entry-level diesel engine, the electric drive in the eSprinter has an output of 85 kW and a torque figure of up to 300 Newton metres. As for the eVito, the maximum speed can be configured to suit the task at hand: maximum speed can be set at 80 km/h, 100 km/h or even as much as 120 km/h.
Mercedes-Benz said that the final winter tests showed that “the eSprinter is ready for its market launch”, which is set to happen in the second half of 2019.