Mercedes shows off its first, fully electric truck

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 28, 2016, 1:46 pm IST
Updated Jun 17, 2017, 2:16 pm IST
Daimler Trucks along with Mercedes-Benz is offering the first fully electric Urban eTruck.
 Daimler Trucks along with Mercedes-Benz is offering the first fully electric Urban eTruck.
Daimler Trucks along with Mercedes-Benz is offering the first fully electric Urban eTruck.
It comes with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes. The truck’s load capacity is made comparable with diesel drive. (All pictures credit: electrek.com)
The rear of the three axles of the eTruck will be electrically driven along with electric motors located next to the wheel. The latter is derived from a design Mercedes-Benz’s Citaro hybrid alternative drives.
The trucks will have a European – standard combined charging system type 2 connectors for 100kW charging power. For safety, the batteries are located inside the frame to protect them from crashes.
The truck’s load capacity is made comparable with diesel drive.
The truck will be equipped with a combined capacity of 212kWh, resulting in a driving range of 200km. More battery modules can be added to increase the range.
This allows heavy trucks to take part in urban distribution operations with zero local emissions with hardly any noise.
A prototype with a range of up to 200 kilometers is now available for worldwide distribution. The official market launch of this technology, however, is conceivable for Daimler Trucks at the beginning of the next decade.
'In light distribution trucks, our Fuso Canter E-Cell has already been undergoing intensive customer trials since 2014. And with the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck, we are now electrifying the heavy distribution segment up to 26 tonnes. We intend to establish electric driving as systematically as autonomous and connected driving,’ says Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses at the Board of Management.