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This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bring­ing the world´s first all-elec­tric heavy-duty truck to mar­ket in a small se­ries.

Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion at the In­ter­na­tional Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Show in 2016 of the Ur­ban eTruck with 25t per­ma­nent GVW and a range of up to 200km, the first ve­hi­cles will be de­liv­ered to cus­tomers this year.

As Ste­fan Buch­ner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks world­wide, ex­plains: “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. 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 12.8t: the Ur­ban eTruck of­fers an im­pres­sive eco­nom­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly con­cept.

“The ve­hi­cle will ini­tially go in a low two-fig­ure num­ber of units to cus­tomers in Ger­many – and later in Europe too. It will be used in real trans­porta­tion ap­pli­ca­tions there.

“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.”

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 part of a com­pre­hen­sive elec­tric ini­tia­tive from Daim­ler Trucks. The light­duty elec­tric truck Fuso eCan­ter will be in use in a global small se­ries in 2017. Around 150 ve­hi­cles will be handed over to se­lected cus­tomers in Europe, Ja­pan and the USA. Daim­ler Trucks is thus cov­er­ing a wide ap­pli­ca­tion port­fo­lio of elec­tric trucks all over the world.

Bet­ter air qual­ity, a lower noise level and en­try re­stric­tions are now im­por­tant catch­words in the big me­trop­o­lises of the world.

It will be nec­es­sary to trans­port goods in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments for in­creas­ing num­bers of peo­ple – and with the low­est pos­si­ble emis­sions and noise. There­fore in the fu­ture all-elec­tric trucks will take care of sup­ply­ing peo­ple in many conur­ba­tions with gro­ceries or other goods needed on a daily ba­sis.

The rapid tech­ni­cal devel­op­ment is sup­port­ing this trend: Daim­ler Trucks is ex­pect­ing the costs for the bat­ter­ies of an all-elec­tric truck to fall by a fac­tor of 2.5 from 1997 to 2025. At the same time the en­ergy den­sity of the avail­able bat­ter­ies in this pe­riod will rise by the same fac­tor from 80 Wh/kg to 200 Wh/kg.

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