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Sprinter with Integral Generator

27 June, 2002

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  • 85 kW Generator delivers 40 kW/400 V
  • Installation below floor of vehicle saves space
  • Prototype for the concrete drilling and cutting sector

Many tasks on the construction site ? drilling and cutting concrete, for example ? require a power supply. Given the frequent changes of location, however, and the number of short-term jobs, it is important to be highly flexible and as independent as possible from the mains power connection.

DaimlerChrysler has therefore developed a prototype, based on a Sprinter 313 CDI, with a generator permanently and compactly installed below the floor of the vehicle. At 2,500 rpm it supplies the sockets with 400 V/63 A (40 kW) three-phase current or 230 V/16 A (3.7 kW) alternating current. The generator is powered by a transmission PTO. For ease of use the motor can be switched on and off using remote control.

In the load compartment, the Sprinter, which has a wheelbase of 3550 mm, is fitted with shelving and cupboards in which the necessary tools, from the diamond bits to the 250-kg wire saw, can be stored securely. Two ramps and a winch mean that it is possible for one person operating alone to load and unload heavy equipment.

"The Sprinter 313CDI van is available in Australia" said Frank La Serra, Senior Executive Mercedes-Benz Light Commercial Vehicles, "although not with the integrated generator. However I imagine it is only a matter of time until one is developed here and we have a number of conversion companies who are doing some amazing things to further enhance our Sprinter Range.

"It is no wonder because the Sprinter is ideally suited for these unique type of adaptations because of its almost vertical side walls and load volumes from 7.0m3 to 13.4m3 depending on the wheelbase. The large rear doors open to 180 degrees, there is a low loading edge and lateral sliding doors making easy access for loads of any kind."

"Another important factor in our vans being very popular with conversion companies and body builders is the build quality and minimum tolerances that are built into the Sprinter. When you convert or build something into a Sprinter you know that the next one that comes down the line will be the same as the first."

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