For many van life adventurers, a gas-powered Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has long been viewed as the go-to choice. And the newly unveiled price for an electric version of the vehicle seems to reflect that reputation.
On Wednesday, Mercedes-Benz announced the arrival of eSprinters in U.S. dealerships, where consumers can expect a price tag starting around $71,900.
Built as a 170-inch wheelbase cargo van with a high roof and a 113kWh battery, many van lovers will likely welcome its arrival. But to take one on the road, they’ll have to pay significantly more than the vehicle’s gas-guzzling sibling.
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As GearJunkie wrote in February, the vehicle represents the first time American customers can buy an emission-free, battery-electric van from Mercedes-Benz. The electric version also costs significantly more than its internal combustion counterpart.
A 2024 170-inch, high-roof internal combustion Sprinter’s pricing starts at about $56,500. But for those looking to cut gas costs — as well as reduce their carbon footprint — the extra bucks might be worth it. Drivers who log thousands of miles each year could probably justify the extra $15,400.
However, the eSprinter is also pricier when compared to its electrified competition. In the emerging category of electric cargo vans, the number of options is small, but growing. The Ford E-Transit represents an early competitor, with similar features and a starting price of around $51,500.
The U.S. market will also see a RAM ProMaster EV released sometime this year. Though no prices have been announced yet, it’s likely to have a price tag similar to the Ford E-Transit, making it another cheaper option when compared to the eSprinter.
That’s not too surprising. After all, Mercedes has the name recognition. But with a handful of other EV cargo vans expected to hit the market in the near future, a bit of patience might pay off — literally.