Sept 21, 2016 – Fully electric truck Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck was presented at the IAA commercial transport exhibition in Hannover.
In early August 2016, Mercedes-Benz (a Daimler AG brand) announced the world’s debut fully electric heavy truck Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck with a 200 kilometer (124 miles) range and with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tons.
The Urban eTruck fleet has been tested in different topographic conditions in Stuttgart starting April 2016, the company promises to unveil the results in 2017. The renewed concept of the truck was presented in September 2016 at the commercial transport exhibition IAA 2016, the model is planned to hit the roads in the coming years.
This is the first time in history that the battery technologies are good enough for Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH (a battery-making subsidiary of Daimler AG) to create a cost-efficient fully electric engine for such a heavy vehicle. The new Mercedes-Benz EV is based on the reliable three-axes ZF AVE 130 truck model corrected in order to enlarge the road clearance to more than 200 mm. The three-module electric motor is installed near the back axis of the car. The battery may be fully charged in 2-3 hours, and also recharges a bit each time the brakes are pushed.
The vehicle can be driven in three modes and features a number of new technical devices like a 12.3″ heads-up display showing necessary navigation info and the battery charge level.