Daimler, the company behind Mercedes-Benz brand, announced that this year it aims to bring Mercedes-Benz Urban eTrucks with electric drive and range of up to 200 km to market in small series.
Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks worldwide Stefan Buchner said, "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.”
Stefan Buchner also added, “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.”
Selected customers will receive Urban eTrucks for the use during the period of 12 months. Each vehicle will be equipped with a refrigerated body and a special charger, which, according to Daimler, “takes into account the increased demands on a truck”.
Unlike traditional heavy-duty vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Urban eTrucks will allow to transport goods to customers, producing the lowest possible emissions and noise. It will not only help to meet demand of increasing urban population for supply of groceries and other goods, but also minimize impact of transporting goods on the environment.
For more details, visit Daimler website.
By Natalie Myhalnytska
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