As part of a pilot project in London, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has introduced its first electric Service24h roadside assistance van.
The eSprinter is kitted out in the same way as the diesel-engined vehicles that provide free, round-the-clock support to customers throughout the UK.
Operating from the Marshall Van Croydon Dealership in south London, it is now being utilised to serve the capital’s growing Mercedes-Benz eVan community.
Simon Neill, customer operations director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, said: “It’s important to demonstrate to customers for our eSprinter and eVito models that we can fully support them with an electric van. The vision, on completion of this pilot, is to introduce more eSprinters to the fleet nationally where appropriate. We’re also planning, later this year, to set our first eSprinter based mobile servicing unit on the road.”
The eSprinter is powered by a 114 hp electric motor that drives the front wheels, and produces zero tailpipe emissions. Its 55kW high-voltage battery pack is securely mounted beneath the body, so it does not impinge on the space needed in the cargo area to provide a practical workspace and to carry a full complement of equipment and GenuineParts.
The van will travel 95 miles (combined WLTP with 80 km/h speed limiter) on a single charge, which Mercedes-Benz Vans says is ample for the overwhelming majority of roadside call-outs attended by Marshall Van.