‘The Time Is Ripe for the Electric Truck,’ Manufacturers Says,
Claiming 26-Tonne Vehicle as ‘First Fully Electric’ of Its Kind
Daimler has revealed its 26-tonne/57,000-pound Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck as a fully battery electric vehicle with single-charge range of about 124 miles (200 kilometers). It is “the first fully electric truck with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tons,” the manufacturer said.
“In future, heavy trucks will take part in urban distribution operations with zero local emissions and hardly a whisper,” Daimler said in Stuttgart on Wednesday. “The market launch of this technology is conceivable for Daimler Trucks at the beginning of the next decade.”
“The time is ripe for the electric truck,” Daimler management boardmember Wolfgang Bernhard says in the Urban eTruck announcement, citing lower costs (especially for batteries), better performance and reduced charging times.
‘Growing Urbanization Requires Fully Electric Trucks’
“A considerable part of the future investments by the truck division in the fields of research and development flow in the further development of the full electric drive,” the company said.
“Growing urbanization requires fully electric trucks.”
The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is based on the company’s three-axle short-radius Mercedes-Benz distribution vehicle – with the entire conventional drivetrain replaced by an electric rear axle. Twin 125-kilowatt/168-horsepower motors are placed directly adjacent to the wheel hubs. The design was adapted from the electric rear axle developed for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid bus.
‘Enough for a Typical Daily Delivery Tour’
The Urban eTruck has three lithium ion battery modules with 212 kilowatt-hours capacity affording range of up to 200 kilometers – “enough for a typical daily delivery tour.”
The company also noted successful trials of the second-generation, all-battery 6-tonne/13,200-pound Fuso Canter E-Cell in the light distribution sector in Portugal and elsewhere since 2014.
Five of the vehicles have been in trials with the package delivery provider Hermes since April “in the topographically very demanding environment in urban Stuttgart.” Initial results are expected at the beginning of 2017.
Freightliner and Thomas Built in the U.S.
Daimler said that it sells its vehicles and services “in nearly all the countries of the world” and has production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa.
Last year the Daimler Group sold some 2.9 million vehicles and employed a total workforce of 284,015. Revenue totaled €149.5 billion – approximately $167 billion U.S. at current rates. Freightliner and Thomas Built Bus are among its U.S. brands.
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Daimler info (U.S.), Andrea Berg, 212-909-9062; [email protected]
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