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Mercedes-Benz to electrify next generation Sprinter

With the launch of the next generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter generation coming close, the German OEM has now confirmed that it is also planning to introduce a fully electric version of the popular van.

The new Sprinter generation will once again be built in the company's main van plant in Düsseldorf, where more than four million vans were manufactured over the past 55 years.

"We are now beginning a new chapter in the Düsseldorf Sprinter story,” said Frank Klein, Head of Operations at Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“Electric drive systems are a key technology when it comes to urban transport – especially in the commercial environment. Our far-sighted agreement that the new electric-drive Sprinter will roll of the production line here is a hugely significant one. We are ensuring the long-term prospects of our Sprinter plant and helping to make it future proof."

Over the next few years, Mercedes-Benz will be investing a total of around €150 million (A$225 million) in electrifying its commercial range, based on the Vito and the Sprinter.

The first major commercial customer for electric vans from Mercedes-Benz has already been confirmed, too. Hermes Germany has announced it will be deploying 1,500 Mercedes-Benz electric vans for its parcel delivery business in the coming years – including vehicles from the Sprinter model series.

Mercedes-Benz Vans manufactures the Sprinter at a total of six plants around the globe, with Düsseldorf acting as the "lead plant".

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