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Mercedes-Benz Trucks has an­nounced that it’s bring­ing the world’s first all-elec­tric heavy-duty truck to the Euro­pean mar­ket in a small se­ries. Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Ur­ban eTruck with a range of up to 200km at the Han­nover In­ter­na­tional Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show in 2016, the first ve­hi­cles will be de­liv­ered to cus­tomers this year.

Ste­fan Buch­ner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks world­wide, says fol­low­ing the world pre­miere in Septem­ber 2016 at the In­ter­na­tional Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show the cus­tomer re­ac­tion was out­stand­ing.

“We are cur­rently talk­ing to around 20 po­ten­tial cus­tomers from the dis­posal, food­stuffs and lo­gis­tics sec­tor,” Buch­ner says.

“With the small se­ries we are now rapidly tak­ing the next step to­wards a se­ries prod­uct. By 2020 we want to be on the mar­ket with the se­ries gen­er­a­tion.”

“Zero emis­sions, quiet as a whisper and with a pay­load of 12.8 tonne: the Ur­ban eTruck of­fers an im­pres­sive eco­nom­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly con­cept.”

Buch­ner says the ve­hi­cle will ini­tially go in a low two-fig­ure num­ber of units to cus­tomers in Ger­many and later in other Euro­pean coun­tries where it will be used in real trans­porta­tion ap­pli­ca­tions.

Mercedes-Benz says the aim is to use ac­tual ap­pli­ca­tion sce­nar­ios and re­quire­ment pro­files to­gether with the cus­tomer to fur­ther op­ti­mise the ve­hi­cle con­cept and the sys­tem con­fig­u­ra­tions of the elec­tric truck. The tests will in­clude use in shift op­er­a­tion, charg­ing times plus bat­tery and range man­age­ment.

“When it comes to fu­ture tech­no­log­i­cal is­sues, we have set the stan­dards in the sec­tor, for in­stance with re­gard to elec­tric and au­ton­o­mous driv­ing plus con­nec­tiv­ity; 2017 will now be our year of im­ple­men­ta­tion, step by step we are de­vel­op­ing the ve­hi­cles and sys­tems to achieve mar­ket ma­tu­rity,” Buch­ner says.

In or­der to be able to de­pict the var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties, 18- and 25-tonne mod­els will be equipped with a re­frig­er­ated body, as a dry box body and as a plat­form ve­hi­cle.

To­gether with a spe­cial charger which takes into ac­count the in­creased de­mands on a truck, the ve­hi­cles will be handed over to the cus­tomers to use for a pe­riod of 12 months and sup­ported by Mercedes-Benz Trucks road-test­ing depart­ment.

Dur­ing this time, the use pro­files and ar­eas of ap­pli­ca­tion will be recorded and the knowl­edge gained and ex­pec­ta­tions com­pared.

The Ur­ban eTruck is said to be part of a com­pre­hen­sive elec­tric ini­tia­tive from Daim­ler Trucks. The light-duty elec­tric truck Fuso eCan­ter will be in use in a global small se­ries in 2017.

The all-elec­tric Mercedes-Benz Ur­ban eTruck in a cus­tomer trial

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