Manufacturer investing $59 million in Electric Versatility Platform
Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC, a part of the global Mercedes-Benz Vans production network, announced plans to build the next generation eSprinter van in North Charleston. The company will invest around $59 million.
Based on a new Electric Versatility Platform announced at the end of 2020, the next generation of the eSprinter targets new customer segments and markets, including the USA and Canada. The eSprinter van will be built in three locations: North Charleston, Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde in Germany.
Located at 8501 Palmetto Commerce Park in North Charleston, Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC assembles the world’s leading large van – the Sprinter. The company has operated its current van assembly operations in North Charleston since 2006. This location had assembled more than 200,000 Sprinter and Metris vans, which have been delivered across the United States.
Production of the eSprinter is expected to start by second half of 2023. Individuals interested in joining the Mercedes-Benz Vans team should visit the company’s careers webpage.
“Mercedes-Benz Vans sits at the forefront of sustainability and innovation with the tremendous investment into its state of the art, battery-electric vehicle technologies. The eSprinter will revolutionize the commercial vehicle industry, and our regional workforce stands ready and capable to meet the demand. With the automotive sector at a turning point, we are proud to have Mercedes-Benz Vans, a pillar in our community, leading the way.” – North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
“Our North Charleston plant will be the first to bring the next generation of the eSprinter to the United States. We are proud that we have earned the trust of the company to produce this vehicle as an important pillar of the Mercedes-Benz Vans production network. We are also grateful for the continued support from the state of South Carolina and Charleston County in the development of our facility and our team who have worked hard to reach this milestone in our growth. The next generation eSprinter will support a sustainable future for the company and the environment, and we look forward to this investment in our Charleston team and facility.” – Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC President & CEO Arnhelm Mittelbach
“As the electric vehicle market continues to accelerate, South Carolina is at the forefront of this movement. Team S.C. is thrilled that Mercedes-Benz Vans’ next generation of eSprinters will be manufactured within our borders. This announcement speaks volumes not only about our pro-business environment, but also about the quality of our talented workforce. We thank Mercedes-Benz Vans for their continued commitment to our state and to the people in the Charleston community.” -South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Mercedes-Benz Vans’ announcement is an economic gamechanger for our community. This is a product of diligent planning and the result of a fruitful relationship with the company. Charleston County is fueled in innovation and will now be the only U.S. location to produce the next generation eSprinter. We applaud the company’s efforts to lead in the field of electromobility and the sustainability of our future.” – Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor
“We have been privileged to be partners with Mercedes-Benz Vans for almost two decades. Their decision to produce the eSprinter in Charleston County is a vote of confidence in our community, as the company continuously invests in the Palmetto Commerce Park plant and workforce. Their announcement further proves Mercedes-Benz Vans reputation as an industry leader in automotive engineering. We are proud the next evolution of the automotive industry will occur in Charleston County.” – Charleston County Economic Development Executive Director Steve Dykes
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC is building the eSprinter in North Charleston.
• The company is investing $59 million.
• Mercedes-Benz Vans eSprinter will begin production by second half of 2023.
• Company’s plant is located at 8501 Palmetto Commerce Park in North Charleston, S.C.
• Individuals interested in joining the Mercedes-Benz Vans team should visit the company’s careers webpage.