Mercedes-Benz eTruck tri­als be­gin

The Ur­ban eTruck has be­gun tri­als in Ger­many in an area of short-ra­dius dis­tri­bu­tion.

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The Ur­ban eTruck has be­gun tri­als in Ger­many in an area of short-ra­dius dis­tri­bu­tion.

The world’s first all-elec­tric heavy­duty truck is set to go into lim­ited pro­duc­tion later this year. The trails of this truck have be­gun in the Ger­man mar­ket be­fore be­ing rolled out to cities across Europe. First shown at the IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show in Han­nover last Septem­ber as the Mercedes-Benz Ur­ban eTruck, the trails are in the area of short­ra­dius dis­tri­bu­tion. It was on the side­lines of the Han­nover show that Daim­ler sources claimed that the etruck would go into pro­duc­tion sooner than later. Daim­ler has com­mit­ted to putting the etruck into small scale pro­duc­tion, with a build num­ber ini­tially in dou­ble fig­ures. To be aimed at cus­tomers from dif­fer­ent sec­tors in Ger­many and through­out Europe, the Ur­ban eTruck has a gross ve­hi­cle weight (GVW) of 25-tonnes, and is claimed to have a range of up to 200 miles de­pend­ing on the load and op­er­a­tional con­di­tions. Ac­cord­ing to Ste­fan Buch­ner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks world­wide, the com­pany is cur­rently talk­ing to around 20 po­ten­tial cus­tomers from the waste, food­stuffs and lo­gis­tics sec­tors. “Fol­low­ing the world pre­miere in Septem­ber 2016 at the In­ter­na­tional Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show the cus­tomer re­ac­tion was out­stand­ing. With the small se­ries, we are now rapidly tak­ing the next step to­wards pro­duc­tion. By 2020 we want to be on the mar­ket with the se­ries gen­er­a­tion,” he said.

With a pay­load of 12.8-tonnes, the Ur­ban eTrucks will be de­ployed in re­al­life trans­port sit­u­a­tions claim Daim­ler Sources. They point out that Daim­ler is look­ing at get­ting a cus­tomer feed­back on how the etruck performs; on the mea­sure of the per­for­mance of the etruck in a real-time work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. The pa­ram­e­ters that will be closely man­aged as well as ob­served will be the charg­ing time, bat­tery life, range and sys­tem con­fig­u­ra­tions. In­ter­est­ingly, the demo trucks, say Daim­ler sources, will be equipped with reefer, box and plat­form bod­ies. The etrucks will be handed over to cus­tomers along with a spe­cial charger which takes into ac­count the in­creased de­mands on a truck. Cus­tomers would use them for a pe­riod of 12 months. Dur­ing this pe­riod, Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ road test­ing department will sup­port them. Said Buch­ner, “When it comes to fu­ture tech­no­log­i­cal is­sues, 2017 will be our year of im­ple­men­ta­tion. We are step-by-step devel­op­ing the ve­hi­cles and sys­tems to achieve mar­ket ma­tu­rity.”

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