Mercedes Benz eSprinter charging guide

mercedes benz esprinter ev charging guide

The Mercedes Benz eSprinter is a pure-electric version of the German giant’s popular Sprinter large panel van. Featuring a range of 83 miles on a charge, the Mercedes Benz eSprinter is available in a single body-size and can be rapid charged.


Official WLTP Range

Mercedes Benz eSprinter
83 miles

Real-world Range

Mercedes Benz eSprinter
74 miles

How to charge a Mercedes Benz eSprinter

mercedes benz esprinter charging

The Mercedes Benz eSprinter uses the CCS charging standard, which consists of a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used when charging at home, work, or at public slow and fast AC points. Both the upper and lower sections on the inlet are used to carry high power during rapid DC charging. As standard, the Mercedes Benz eSprinter can be charged on CCS DC points at up to 20 kW, though there is an option available to raise that limit to 80 kW. The Mercedes Benz eSprinter’s CCS charging inlet is found in the centre of the vehicle’s grille, behind the Mercedes Benz logo.

The Mercedes Benz eSprinter is able to be slow, fast and rapid charged from public points, depending on the network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, one of which is usually supplied with the vehicle. For rapid charging, the vehicle uses a tethered CCS connector which is part of the charging unit.

Type 2 – Slow & FastCCS – Rapid

Charging requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the van then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at private home or workplace charge points, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.

On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may require the use of an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go units are also commonplace on newer rapid charge points. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.

How long does it take to charge a Mercedes Benz eSprinter?

mercedes benz esprinter charging times

The following table shows approximate time to charge a Mercedes Benz eSprinter fitted with the optional 80 kW DC charging specification. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted for 0-80% as most rapid chargers reduce or cut power well before 100% charge to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.

Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.

Rapid 80kWRapid 50kWRapid 20kWFast 22kWFast 7kWSlow 3kW
30 mins
45 mins
2 hours
8 hours
8 hours
16 hours


The Mercedes Benz eSprinter is fitted with 7.4 kW on-board charger, which covers all applications from slow to fast charging. This means that even when connected to a charge point rated higher than 7.4 kW, the Mercedes Benz eSprinter will only be capable of charging at up to 7 kW.

Use Zap-Map’s Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for a Mercedes Benz eSprinter. The level of battery charge, connector speed, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.


How much does it cost to charge a Mercedes Benz eSprinter?

The table shown below shows estimates of the cost to charge the Mercedes Benz eSprinter 55 kWh battery (47 kWh usable) at work on a commercial tariff. Cost estimates are dependent on the charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack. Cost per mile is calculated using an estimate of real-world range.

TypeCost/kWhCost to chargeCost per mile
Home16 p/kWh£7.5010.1 p/mile
Public Rapid30 p/kWh to 80% charge£11.3015.2 p/mile


Based on these figures, the Mercedes Benz eSprinter’s fuel costs should be around 10-15 p/mile based on real-world energy usage, the cost depending on the type of charging. In general, workplace charging provides the cheapest per mile cost, and public charging a little more expensive when costs are in place.

To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.

Charging a Mercedes Benz eSprinter at work

mercedes benz esprinter work charging

Charging at work is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge an electric van. Government grants are available for the installation of workplace EV charge points, and a large number of companies offer a fully installed charge point for a fixed price.

Most workplace chargers are either rated at 7 kW or 22 kW. The higher powered units typically cost more than the slower 7 kW option, but potentially cut the time required to fully charge an EV by up to a third – model depending.

Charging a Mercedes Benz eSprinter on public networks

mercedes benz esprinter public charging

The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others only found in a specific region. The major UK-wide networks include BP Pulse, Ecotricity, Pod Point, Osprey, Ubitricity, and InstaVolt.

Payment and access methods across networks vary, with some networks providing an RFID card and others a smartphone app to use their services. While most require an account to be set up before use, there are plenty of rapid units with contactless PAYG card readers installed.

Although many EV charge points are free to use, the majority of fast and rapid chargers require payment. Charging tariffs tend to comprise a flat connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information about network tariffs, visit Zap-Map’s public charge point networks guides.

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