Bodybuilder Solutions for Vans from Mercedes-Benz
Vans from Mercedes-Benz with sector-specific conversions and bodies are used in all areas of the economy and society. For all of them, a reliable and flexible base vehicle is an indispensable component. Mercedes-Benz already offers bodybuilders and customers tailor-made solutions, 100% locally emission-free. And with the next generation eSprinter Mercedes-Benz will be creating even greater customer value. Body manufacturers and customers can so far already choose from four battery-electric driven vans: the eVito Panel Van, the eSprinter and the eVito Tourer (combined power consumption: 26.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) and the EQV (combined power consumption: 26.4-26.3 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) 1. In the coming year, the new Citan will be available with battery-electric drivetrain, extending the electric product portfolio of Mercedes-Benz Vans to the small van segment.
In order to create even greater customer value in future, Mercedes-Benz Vans has developed the Electric Versatility Platform. It is the basis for the next generation eSprinter, which will be produced successively as of the second half of 2023 in Charleston, Duesseldorf and Ludwigsfelde. The requirements were defined in close cooperation with customers during the development process: with three battery and numerous body variants from the panel van to the chassis for box bodies, the next generation eSprinter is the perfect companion in virtually any business – not just in Europe, but, for example, in the USA and Canada, too. Compared with the current eSprinter, the range will be more than doubled depending on the configuration. In addition, the load capacity will rise by up to 50 percent, with box body even more.
Bodybuilders build on Mercedes-Benz Vans
eVans from Mercedes-Benz are a reliable and flexible basis for sector-specific solutions for specialised body manufacturers. The eVito equipped for transporting refrigerated goods, the eVito Tourer converted for transporting people with restricted mobility, the eSprinter Pharma and the eSprinter patient transport ambulance demonstrate the broad spectrum of different bodies and conversion with locally emission-free vans from Mercedes-Benz that is already possible.
The requirements regarding bodies and fittings are as diverse as the sectors in which they are used. The biggest challenges are to be found mainly in the power supply for refrigerating the cargo and in caring for patients as well as the weight of the bodies and conversions when it comes to payload and permissible gross mass.
Two concept vehicles based on the next generation eSprinter show the bodybuilder and conversion solutions which might be possible in the future: the eGrocery concept for transporting foodstuffs and the CEP delivery concept for applications involving courier, express and parcel services.