The Tribune (NZ) - - MID WEEK MOTORING -

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.

Mercedes EV truck

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