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Mercedes-Benz Sustaineer: The future of commercial delivery

This ecologically friendly schlepper foreshadows what future vans will look like and how they'll be built.

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Craig Cole
Craig brought 15 years of automotive journalism experience to the Cars team. A lifelong resident of Michigan, he's as happy with a wrench or welding gun in hand as he is in front of the camera or behind a keyboard. When not hosting videos or cranking out features and reviews, he's probably out in the garage working on one of his project cars. He's fully restored a 1936 Ford V8 sedan and then turned to resurrecting another flathead-powered relic, a '51 Ford Crestliner. Craig has been a proud member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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The Mercedes-Benz Sustaineer has many ecologically friendly features. 

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This van has two external particulate filters that clean the air as it drives. 

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One of those particulate filters is mounted behind the grille, the other is fitted underneath the body.

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This van concept is all-electric, based on the eSprinter. 

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The Sustaineer features an automatic door that can save delivery drivers huge amounts of time and hassle. 

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Cameras and screens replace conventional mirrors. 

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Aside from the bright paint job/body wrap, this looks like pretty much any other commercial van.

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The Sustaineer will likely serve as a template for future Mercedes-Benz vans.

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Low rolling-resistance tires and ceramic-coated brake discs cut down on particulate emissions.

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For more photos of the Mercedes-Benz Sustaineer concept van, keep clicking through this gallery.

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