In September 2022, Mercedes-Benz Vans announced that it would like to adapt the European production network for all-electric vans based on the platform VAN.EA. The respective employee representatives and location management have therefore agreed on future visions for the plants in Düsseldorf, Ludwigsfelde, Germany and Vitoria, Spain. Subject to the agreement of the collective bargaining parties, works agreements were negotiated for all plants, which clearly show the further way of transformation.
The Mercedes-Benz Düsseldorf plant already builds the current generation of the Sprinter and eSprinter (closed model/panel van). As of the second half of 2023, the successor generation of the eSprinter will be launched here. In addition, the open model designations (platform for body manufacturers or platform vehicles) of the large van will be built on VAN.EA basis in the future.
The open model of the current Sprinter generation has been built in the Mercedes-Benz Ludwigsfelde plant since 2018. From the spring of 2024, the new eSprinter of this model type will be produced there. In addition, the company will establish the Ludwigsfelde plant as a competence center for eVan customization.
The Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria, Spain, produces the medium-sized vans from Mercedes-Benz. The product portfolio includes the V-Class, the EQV, the (e)Vito and (e)Vito Tourer. From the middle of the decade, the medium-sized van based on the purely electrical modular platform VAN.EA will also be manufactured there.