Mercedes Introduces The Low Emission Duel-Fuel Sprinter

Posted: Aug 6 2018, 9:31am CDT | by , in Cars & Vehicles

Mercedes Introduces the Low Emission Duel-Fuel Sprinter
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The new Mercedes diesel engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission and can generate 188 horsepower and 325-foot-pounds of torque

We don't usually think of Mercedes when we think of work trucks, but the Sprinter has quickly set itself apart as one of the best and most versatile work vans on the market today — and the new duel-fuel model is making it even better. Let’s take a closer look at the fantastic new Sprinter and what it could mean for the entire line of Mercedes work vans.

Sprinter Specs

You’ve got a bunch of different options to choose from when designing a Sprinter to make your workday a little bit easier. There are three different wheelbases — 144", 170” and 170” extended — two different roof heights and two different engine options — V6 or a V6 with a 4x4 transmission. You also have three different options for payload, which is how much the Sprinter can safely haul, depending on your needs.

The stock diesel engine is paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission and can generate 188 horsepower and 325-foot-pounds of torque, which is useful for hauling and towing.


While the sprinter is a great work van, its diesel engine leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to fuel efficiency — that’s where the Concept Sprinter comes in. This duel-fuel concept model pairs a small electric battery with a hydrogen fuel cell engine that has an effective range of roughly 310 miles per fill up. It was initially designed as a motorhome to feature the different alternative fuels that could be used in that kind of application, but it's also an incredible a work truck.

It’s a great way to make your work van a little eco-friendlier, but it isn’t always the best option when it comes to alternative fuel. The hydrogen needed to refuel these vans might not always be available — especially if you live and work in smaller towns. The lack of range might also be a problem for companies that need to travel long distances between jobsites.

Alternative Fuel

This hydrogen-fueled sprinter isn't the only alternative fuel option Mercedes might be exploring. Electric cars are growing more popular by the year, natural gas and propane engines have been around for a while, and more large engines are utilizing biodiesel — diesel fuel made from organic sources rather than petroleum — than ever before.

The introduction of the hydrogen fuel cell in the new Sprinter model could be the beginning of a movement toward adopting more alternative fuel sources. If Mercedes can do it, being one of the biggest luxury brands in the world, it could create a new trend that will help push other car manufacturers toward adopting these eco-friendly fuel alternatives.

The hydrogen-powered Sprinter is still a concept at the moment, but it could be a sign of good things to come. If you’re looking for a new work van, it might be time to call your Mercedes dealership to see when you’ll be able to get your hands on this duel-fuel Sprinter. It might not be out in time for the new model year, but if there is enough interest in it, they might just be inspired enough to turn this concept into reality.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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