Mercedes-Benz, a subsidiary of Daimler, has recently launched their very first all-electric truck at the IAA 2016 in Hannover, Germany. It was in this international motor show that the company unveiled their Urban eTruck. Three lithium-ion batteries power this electric truck to around 124 miles of range. And since the company designed the truck for urban environments and not highway driving, that given range is already commendable. However,if there’s a need for operators to slightly increase that 124-mile limit, then you can add an extra battery pack. This can be possible with the incorporation of the vehicle’s modular design.
Since April, the Urban eTruck has been going through testing in Germany. According to the company, they have used the truck in a range of different topographical environments. Because of this process, they will be able to determine how it will fare on solely battery power. The company said that the results of those tests will come at the beginning of 2017.
According to a company statement, this 26-tonne rigid truck can make its way through the city silently. Furthermore, it features zero local emissions whilst demonstrating the latest developments in all-electric vehicles in the heavy short-radius distribution sector.
“It is based on a unique concept: its drive is by means of electric motors adjacent to the wheel hubs, while the power supply comes from a modular battery pack. This puts the Urban eTruck on a par with conventionally-engined trucks when it comes to payload and suitability for everyday use. But at the same time, it is far more environmentally friendly, generates zero local emissions and makes barely any noise.”
In addition, the new Urban eTruck boasts of other innovative installations as well. It features a 12.3-inch display where you can monitor the status of the battery. The display will also show you other navigation information. To further maximize driving efficiency, the truck showcases three driving modes. These modes will allow us to regulate energy consumption, maximize power in hilly areas, and reduce the amount of torque as necessary. Actually, the Urban eTruck can basically deliver a maximum torque of up to 737 lb-ft.
The company has not given any indication as to when the trucks will hit the road.