By Anthony Capkun
July 8, 2016 – After two years with a single 4×4 prototype based on a standard RWD Sprinter built in Germany to Canadian specs, Mercedes-Benz Canada and Enercon Canada VIPs officially hailed the beginning of a Canadian partnership that will see 20 Sprinter 4x4s added to the fleet of support vehicles serving Enercon’s wind farms across the country.
Enercon tested the prototype at sites across Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec over a period of six months, covering a total of 7984 kilometres in the process. To establish the correct technical specs for Canada, the prototype was outfitted with equipment to monitor its engine module. Real-time results were transmitted by GPS back to Mercedes-Benz Global HQ in Stuttgart where they were used to verify and tweak engine programming for the production Sprinters.
“The Canadian climate and turbine locations required some adjustments, which we are proud to share have been successfully addressed by Mercedes-Benz,” said Volker Kendziorra, head of service of Enercon Service Deutschland.
Even with the added weight of the 4WD system, Mercedes-Benz says this Sprinter retains its payload capacity and fuel efficiency. It can also be equipped with an optional low range gear that makes it more sure-footed in difficult terrain. Downhill Speed Regulation can be added optionally to slow the vehicle to a set speed during downhill grades.
The powertrain for the 4×4 Cargo and Passenger vans will be the 3.0L V6 BlueTEC that offers 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
The Sprinter 4×4 will open up new markets and opportunities, says the automaker, and provide its customers with an expanded choice of commercial vans.
Enercon Canada Inc. has over 600 employees with offices located in Montreal, Toronto and Dartmouth, service stations coast-to-coast, manufacturing sites in Matane (Que.) and Beamsville (Ont.), and a dedicated training and warehouse facility in Boucherville (Que.). It currently has over 2000MW installed throughout seven Canadian provinces and territories.
PHOTO: Representatives from Mercedes-Benz Canada and Enercon gathered in Smithville, Ont., to celebrate the beginning of a Canadian partnership that saw 20 Sprinter 4x4s added to the fleet of service vehicles that support Enercon’s wind farms across the country. Photo courtesy Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.