Merc rolls out eTruck
Daimler group prepares for cities with a zero-tolerance policy towards diesel
STUTTGART — This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world’s first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market in a small series.
The first Urban eTrucks, all with 25 ton GVW and a range of up to 200 km, will be delivered to customers this year.
Stefan Buchner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks worldwide, said the release followed on the outstanding customer reaction the truck received at its world premiere at the International Commercial Vehicle Show last year.
“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,” Buchner said in a statement.
The Urban eTruck will initially go in a low two-figure number of units to customers in Germany and later in Europe too.
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.
The Mercedes-Benz electric truck takes the fight to the American upstarts Nikola Motors, which last year December made good on their promise to launch a zero-emission truck in America in the form of the Nikola 1; as well as Tesla Motors, which company reportedly poached a few of Daimler’s super truck developers to realise Elon Musk Master Plan, which includes a hydrogen-powered truck.
Buchner said Daimler now sets the standards for all these trucks 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 said.
The Urban eTruck is 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. Around 150 vehicles will be handed over to selected customers in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
The zero emissions from the Urban eTruck makes it a good bet in cities like Paris, London and Amsterdam, where city councils have announced all diesel vehicles will be phased out in the next four years.
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 — from €500/kWh to €200/kWh.
At the same time. Daimler predicts the energy density of the available batteries in this period will rise by the same factor from 80 Wh/kg to 200 Wh/kg.
Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric Urban eTruck is ready for cities like Paris, London and Amsterdam, where city councils have announced all diesel vehicles will be phased out in the next four years.