THE BENZ ELECTRIC
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