According to Mercedes, the eSprinter will also be produced as a chassis model and provide a basic platform for “among other things, ambulances, motorhomes or refrigerated transporters.” Like the current Sprinter, doubtless buyers will convert the eSprinter into all kinds of things, including luxury hotel rooms on wheels.
Unfortunately for Mercedes, it won’t be in production here until the second half of 2023, giving the Ford E-Transit a big head start. Ford plans on having the E-Transit on the streets in late 2021. However, Mercedes should still catch the wave as industry analysts estimate that electric commercial van sales will rise from about 56,000 sales per year to around 623,000 by 2030. Mercedes already has a solid reputation with its Sprinter line of vans, so it is in the perfect position to evolve into the market and capitalize on demand.