Ulf Zillig, head of project VS30 (codename for the next-generation Sprinter) told the Detroit Bureau that if there is demand for an electric Sprinter, they would build it. Mercedes-Benz is designing the next-generation Sprinter with batteries and autonomous-driving features in mind.
Mercedes has experience with selling an electrified version of one of their vans. Volker Mornhinweg, the head of Mercedes-Benz Vans said they had introduced medium-sized van (what we know as the Metris) with an electric powertrain back in 2012 for Europe. The van was a success early on, but sales have tapered off.
But with tighter regulations for air quality, the demand for electric vans could grow.
“I see there is growing demand in the market. In the near future, I see this demand will rise,” said Mornhinweg to Trucks.com.
Who is interested in an electric van? Deutsche Post, the German mail service has expressed strong interest. Mornhinweg said other “courier services” are very interested as well. Most likely, the services would use these vans in urban areas where the electric range isn't as a big of an issue.
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