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Mercedes puts electric truck on trial
Power load: Mercedes-Benz’s Urban eTruck is edging closer to mass production, with a 12-month trial of prototypes starting this year designed to knock off the rough edges.
Toe-in-the-water test set to shape Mercedes Urban eTruck ahead of 2020 launch
16 February 2017
MERCEDES-BENZ has announced plans for a 12-month electric truck trial in Europe
starting this year as it gets ready to launch headlong into the plug-in urban
load-lugger business in 2020 – the same year as its passenger car division
plans to start mass production of EVs.
The company says it is talking with 20 potential customers representing various
trucking industries to take part in the trial of the 18- and 25-tonne Urban
eTrucks to collect real-world data and user feedback to help fine-tune the
vehicle for series production within three years.
Although this initial trial is set to be confined to Europe, Mercedes-Benz
Australia/Pacific head of public relations for Daimler Truck and Bus, James
Stanford, said he could not rule out an electric truck trial for Australia in
“It is definitely something we are interested in, but there are no plans at
this stage,” he said.
Mr Stanford did not say how many trucks would be built for the European trial,
only that it would start with a “low two-figure number of units” for German
The Urban eTruck – revealed in concept form at the International Commercial
Vehicle Show in Germany last September – can carry a 2.8-tonne payload over a
range of up to 200km.
Designed for urban conditions where diesel trucks are increasingly being
frowned on by authorities looking to cut diesel and noise emissions, the trucks
will be built with a variety of bodies, including refrigeration, dry box and
platform to test various scenarios.
Each truck will come with a special charger to speed charging of the
Global head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Stefan Buchner said customer reaction to
the eTruck concept at last year’s show had been outstanding.
“We are currently talking to around 20 potential customers from the disposal,
foodstuffs and logistics sector,” he said. “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.”
It is unclear what the customers will pay – if anything – to be involved in the
The company predicts that the cost of batteries will continue to come down and
their energy density will go up towards 2025, making such trucks increasingly
An even bigger fleet of all-electric trucks from Daimler subsidiary Fuso is
also headed out to customers in a similar trial.
In this case, 150 light-duty eCanters are going to customers in Europe, Japan
and the United States.
Company-wide, Mercedes is working on a family of 10 electric vehicles, all
based on purpose-built architectures.
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