In the future, Mercedes-Benz Vans will use a new electric platform called VAN.EA (Van Electric Architecture) for its electric vehicles. It will form the basis for all Mercedes-Benz electric vans in the medium and large size segments, which will be on the market from 2025. The company's engineers are currently developing VAN.EA. In this regard, Mercedes is now providing information on future production sites.
The manufacturer says that open models of large vans will be assembled in Düsseldorf on the basis of VAN.EA, a platform for bodybuilders or flatbed trucks. The plant is the largest van manufacturing plant and already builds the current generation of the Sprinter and eSprinter. The manufacturer intends to invest about 400 million euros in the necessary conversion measures.
The next generation eSprinter (open model) will also soon be produced at Mercedes-Benz Vans' second German plant in Ludwigsfelde. The company is also considering setting up Ludwigsfeld as a competence center for customizing electric vans. According to this wording, VAN.EA vehicles will not leave the assembly line in Ludwigsfeld.
Rather, large VAN.EA vans in closed model or as panel vans are to be built "at a designated location within the Mercedes-Benz AG production network in Central and Eastern Europe". Thus, this plant will be integrated into the production network of Mercedes-Benz Vans. With this measure, Mercedes-Benz Vans intends to take advantage of the cost advantage and thus ensure long-term competitiveness.
Mercedes will reorganize its European production network for vans, securing the long-term perspective of existing plants and adding a new plant to Mercedes-Benz's existing location in Central and Eastern Europe.