Mercedes-Benz recently caught the trucking world by surprise with the first-ever 26-tonne fully electric truck.
The Urban eTruck will be launched by Daimler Trucks at the beginning of the next decade.
The company says a considerable part of future investment by the truck division will further the development of the full electric drive system featured in the vehicle.
The eTruck is based on a heavy duty, three-axle short-radius Mercedes-Benz distribution truck, the entire conventional drivetrain being replaced by a new electrically driven rear axle with motors directly adjacent to the wheel hubs.
The setup is derived from the electric rear axle developed for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid bus.
The power is supplied by a battery pack consisting of three lithium-ion battery modules. This results in a range of up to 200km, which the company says is enough for a typical daily delivery tour.
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