Mercedes-Benz has trialed an electric truck.
Mercedes-Benz has trialed an electric truck.

Mercedes-Benz trials electric truck

RENEWABLE energy takes to the roads in Germany this year with Mercedes-Benz Trucks trialing an all-electric round-towner with customers.

It has a 25 tonne GVM and can go 200 kilometres before it has to suck a gut full from the grid.

The short haul electro buzzer will be trialed around Europe in different climates.

The electric truck was launched at the International Commercial Vehicle Show last year

Customer trial for heavy-duty electric truck in short-radius distribution: Small series Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck with electric drive starts in 2017.

As Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks worldwide, explains: "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."

"By 2020 we want to be on the market with the series generation."

"Zero emissions, quiet as a whisper and with a payload of 12.8 tonne. The Urban eTruck offers an impressive economical and environmentally friendly concept.

"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.

Stefan Buchner continued: "When it comes to future technological issues we have set the standards in the sector, for instance with regard to electric and autonomous driving plus connectivity. 2017 will now be our year of implementation: step by step we are developing the vehicles and systems to achieve market maturity."