MERCEDES-BENZ STARTS PRODUCTION ESPRINTER
On 12 December 2019, the Mercedes-Benz Dusseldorf plant celebrated the start of production of the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter with an event for employees and invited guests. Two new product run-ups within 21 months with investments totalling around 330 million euros. Building the eSprinter in Dusseldorf is a next step for the future of the plant and for the manufacturer itself.
The Stuttgart-based manufacturer has been building vans in Dusseldorf since 1962. More than 4.6 million vehicles have been produced in Dusseldorf to date. Since 2018, production of the new Sprinter has also taken place there, with over 200,000 units having already left the assembly line. Mercedes-Benz Vans has invested a total of around 330 million euros in the technical expansion of production, while taking into account the fact that, in future, the manufacture of both conventionally operated and fully electric vehicles will be built on a single production line.
Since the decision was made to build the eSprinter in Dusseldorf, the plant has become the competence centre for electric drives. To date over 2,400 employees have been trained for handling and assembling the high-voltage technologies.
Mercedes-Benz Vans banks on sustainability with the goal to make all van production CO2-neutral by 2022. To this end various measures have been initiated as part of the so-called green production strategy: energy purchasing at the Dusseldorf plant has also been consistently switching to green energy, and from 2022 electric power is to be procured from 100 percent renewable sources only. The CO2 balance sheet of transportation within the plant is also being addressed: at present, new mobility systems, such as on-demand plant shuttles and automatically guided fuel-cell vehicles, are being implemented in Dusseldorf.
Production of the eSprinter starts with the panel van with high roof and a permissible gross weight of 3,500 kilogrammes. The electric drive in the eSprinter drives the front wheels with an output of 85 kW and a torque figure of up to 300 Newton metres.
Equipped with a battery capacity of 55 kWh, its range is an estimated 168 kilometres.