Daimler Trucks tell us the future of light distribution trucks is electric, that prediction coming as the truck manufacturer unveiled a new 26 tonne fully-electric Mercedes-Benz truck.
Known as the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck, the truck has made a public debut in Stuttgart and is set to go into production, arriving in dealerships by as soon as 2020.
The Mercedes-Benz model coming after Daimler Trucks completed extensive testing and customer trials in recent years of its Fuso Canter E-Cell, a model that will also be produced and known as the Fuso eCanter.
Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck Key Points:
- Three-axle short-radius distribution truck
- Battery pack features three lithium-ion battery modules
- 200km all-electric driving range
- Output is 2 x 125kW and peak torque is 2 x 500Nm
- Electric motor delivers full torque from very low revs
- Electrically driven rear axle with electric motors directly adjacent to the wheel hubs
Daimler Trucks & Buses head, Dr Wolfgang Bernhard, says the Urban eTruck is another step towards an all-electric future.
“Electric drive systems previously only saw extremely limited use in trucks.
“Nowadays costs, performance and charging times develop further so rapidly that now there is a trend reversal in the distribution sector: the time is ripe for the electric truck.
“With the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck, we are now electrifying the heavy distribution segment up to 26 tonnes.
“We intend to establish electric driving as systematically as autonomous and connected driving.”