Tuesday, 3 July 2018

eDrive@VANs next level: Mercedes-Benz Vans presents Sprinter with electric drive and fuel cell

Source: DAIMLER, 2nd July 2018

  • Expansion of the eDrive@VANs strategy with solutions for long journeys
  • Use case defines best powertrain concept
  • Concept Sprinter F-CELL technology showcase opens up new opportunities for commercial use
  • Merits of fuel cell drive – long range, low system weight with maximum design freedom and fast refuelling

Hamburg. Mercedes-Benz Vans is set to enhance the eDrive@VANs strategy with the fuel cell. Using the example of a semi-integrated motorhome, the Concept Sprinter F-CELL illustrates the full breadth of the characteristic benefits of a fuel cell from long range to zero-local-emissions mobility. Aside from motorhomes, these are characteristics also perfectly suited for commercial purposes such as longer courier routes or minibuses in inter-urban traffic. When it comes to selecting the right powertrain concept, Mercedes-Benz Vans is thus focusing even more on the individual application, making it more customer dependent than ever. Aside from the vehicle technology, a comprehensive evaluation must take into account system weight, charging or refuelling time, range and economy. Classic internal combustion engine, battery-electric drive or forward-looking fuel cell? The Daimler strategy does not provide a dogmatic, ideological answer to this question but instead makes it dependent upon the best possible customer benefits.

Market potential for commercial use

“We will offer every commercial range with an electric drive – starting this year with the eVito and in 2019 with the eSprinter. With these, we will already cover many, but not all, use cases with a zero-local-emissions powertrain. For this reason, we are enhancing our eDrive@VANs strategy with fuel-cell drive, which offers substantial medium-term opportunities, especially in long-distance operation – regardless of whether a fuel-cell vehicle is used as a motorhome or in other commercial applications”, says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “The potential of this technology is undisputed. That applies above all to comparatively large vans with a need for long range and short refuelling times. Our analyses demonstrate that the fuel cell can represent a sensible expansion of the powertrain line-up in a number of different applications in both the commercial and private arenas. The Concept Sprinter F-CELL provides an insight today into the possibilities of the future”, continues Mornhinweg.

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