What we hadn’t seen until now is the electric version, which the German manufacturer has now detailed in full. The eSprinter adopts the same electric powertrain as the smaller eVito electric van. The motor produces the equivalent of 107 horsepower (80 kW) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. But the bigger van will be offered with a choice of two battery options.
The 41 kWh option is the same as offered in the eVito, enabling a range of up to 71.5 miles (115 km) on a single charge. But there’s a larger 55 kWh battery pack on offer as well, which can go for 93 miles (150 km) between charges. Since the bigger battery is heavier, it also reduces the vehicle’s payload capacity: from 2,293 pounds (1,040 kg) with the 41 kWh unit to 1,984 lbs (900 kg) with the 55 kWh battery.
Either model can charge up in six to eight hours with the on-board 7.2-kW charger, or just 45 minutes using an installed DC Combo charger.
Of course, none of those specs will rival a Tesla Model S or a Nissan Leaf for range or performance. Then again, neither of them can haul what the Sprinter can. In fact, the panel van fitted with the high roof can accommodate up to 371 cubic feet (10.5 cubic meters) of “stuff”. So in theory at least, based on even the 55-kWh version’s volume and payload capacity, you could haul a Smart Fortwo in the back.