Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

Delivery companies, contractors and other hard-working types will have a new option for all-electric commercial vehicles when order books for the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter open in Canada at the end of October.

The German automaker will debut the 170-inch long-wheelbase cargo version here, which will start at $97,990. That gets a 113 kWh (usable) battery for a European-spec range of more than 400 km, though that number will drop when gauged by the North American EPA’s standards.

Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

While that price may seem a little steep for an empty work van, Mercedes says it will qualify for the federal government’s iMHZEV EV program purchase incentive of up to $10,000, and it may qualify for some provincial incentives (Newfoundland/Labrador, for example, do not have a limit on EV prices for eligibility).

Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

The rear-drive eSprinter will have standard 136 hp, or optional 204 hp, and 295 lb-ft of torque. This high-roof version will offer 14 cubic metres of cargo area. Standard charging capacity is 50 kW, but an optional 115 kW version can be charged from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in just over 40 minutes of Level 3 charging.

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