Following the deployment of the first vehicles since 2020 as part of a pilot project, the German logistics service provider DPD has now added a further 150 eSprinter electric vans from Mercedes-Benz Vans to its German fleet. The vehicles will be used at the depot locations in Hamburg, Essen and Nuremberg.
The eSprinter from Mercedes-Benz Vans is now in use at a number of postal and logistics companies. DHL, GLS, Amazon and British Royal Mail for example, also use the Mercedes electric van built in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Even though the German automaker is already extensively testing the successor generation with larger batteries and more possible uses, the current version of the eSprinter is, according to Mercedes, “ideally suited for commercial use in urban areas,” where scheduled delivery tours with many stops usually predominate. The eSprinter can play to its strengths on tours where the share of parcels for private recipients is particularly high. The batteries of the eSprinter are usually charged directly at the depots. The routes are planned in such a way that additional charging is not necessary during the delivery.
DPD has opted for the high-roof body with a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tonnes and for the larger battery. The 47 kWh power storage unit (gross: 55 kWh) enables a range of 128-158 kilometres with a maximum payload of 849 kilograms. With the DC fast-charge function, the battery can be charged from ten to 80 percent in 25 minutes. In the high-roof version, the load volume is eleven cubic metres – as in the combustion engine models. The 85 kW electric motor drives the front axle, the maximum torque is 295 Nm.
“We are very proud to add 150 eSprinters to our electric fleet and to actively use them in urban delivery,” says Sarah Keller, Group Manager Corporate Delivery Management at DPD Germany. “For us, the use of high-performance e-transporters is an important component of our objective to continuously reduce transport emissions.”
Steffen Lucas, Head of Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Vans Europe & Executive Vice President Sales Vans and Vans Germany, adds: “With the eSprinter we have a vehicle in our portfolio that is ideally suited to the requirements of the courier, express and parcel service industry. I am therefore delighted that DPD has opted for our eSprinter and that from now on even more DPD drivers and their customers will be able to convince themselves of the many advantages of locally emission-free driving with vans from Mercedes-Benz Vans.”
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