There are already plenty of electric cars (also known as smart cars) on the roads, and more and more efforts continue to be made to “go green” across the board. The next step was to develop electric semi trucks. Mercedes Benz and its parent, Daimler, are in the building works of this project. Could we soon be seeing electric semis on the roads? Read about it in the article below.
Daimler to build large electric semi truck; Urban e-Truck results good so far
Stephen Edelstein Feb 21, 2017
Following successful trials, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler plans to
produce a small run of all-electric large commercial trucks for the
These trucks will be made available to a small number of European
test customers for 12-month trials, with the deliveries slated to begin
later this year.
The decision to go forward with a production vehicle was based on
positive reactions to the Mercedes-Benz Urban e-Truck concept unveiled
at last fall’s 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles trade show.
While Daimler’s press release referred to the upcoming production
all-electric model as a “heavy-duty” truck, the Urban e-Truck was a
slightly less large medium-duty model.
It featured a 212-kilowatt-hour battery pack, allowing for a claimed range of 124 miles.
The tractor was powered by electric motors mounted to the front and
rearmost of its three axles, producing a combined 250 kW (335 hp) and
737 lb-ft of torque.
The production truck will be sold under the Mercedes-Benz brand name,
and operators will get support from the automaker’s road-testing
department during the trial period.
Customers will have the option of a box body, refrigerated box body, or flatbed for the latest electric truck.
The Urban e-Truck was a medium-duty vehicle intended primarily for
shuttling cargo relatively short distances around cities, and it’s
likely the low-volume production model will be aimed at similar dtuties.
Short-range operations keep vehicles close to charging stations, circumventing the range issues that currently bedevil efforts at electric long-haul trucks.
Daimler is currently in talks with “around 20 potential customers
from the disposal, foodstuffs, and logistics sector,” Mercedes-Benz
Trucks boss Stefan Buchner said in a company press release.
Deliveries will start in Germany, followed by other European countries.
Daimler has no apparent plans to offer the electric truck in the
U.S., but it’s possible that a different electric vehicle could arrive
in North America soon.
Alongside the Mercedes truck, Daimler is planning a low-volume
production run of the lighter-duty eCanter truck from its Fuso brand
The Fuso eCanter has already been supplied to specific customers for
trial programs, but Daimler hopes to make the model more widely
This latest initiative will see around 150 vehicles distributed to
select customers in the U.S., as well as Europe and Japan, the company