An eSprinter prototype that is close to production has undergone a driving range test by Mercedes-Benz. Without using any closed areas of the road, the test was carried out in the open. It addressed certain inner-city traffic as well as federal highways and roads.
On October 19, it underwent a consumption measuring test in a real-world setting as opposed to a lab, where conditions are normally less demanding on automobiles. Without making a pit stop to recharge the battery pack, the itinerary required driving from the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart to the Munich Airport and back. The elevation of the road ranged from 210 to 785 meters above sea level.
The Sprinter is an entirely electric vehicle that TÜV Süd verified to have an average fuel usage of 21.9 kWh per 100 km. The test vehicle's range on a single charge was 475 kilometers.
From the second half of 2023, the eSprinter will be put together in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as in the facilities in Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde, Germany.
Mercedes-Benz stated that starting in 2025, the VAN EA will serve as the foundation for all midsize and large vans (Vans Electric Architecture).