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article imageMercedes-Benz introduces first completely electric semi truck

By Lucky Malicay     Jul 29, 2016 in Technology
Mercedes-Benz and Daimler have provided a glimpse into the future of heavy transport by unveiling the world’s first fully electric truck that will hit the road in the next decade.
Called the Urban eTruck, the heavy-duty all-electric truck is designed for use in big cities with a weight capacity of 26 tons and a range of 200 kilometers.
“With the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck, we are underlining our intention to systematically developing the electric drive in trucks to series production maturity,” said Stefan Buchner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
“This means that we will begin to integrate customers, so as to gain valuable joint experience with respect to the operating ranges and the charging infrastructure in daily transport operations. Because we think the entry of this technology into the series production is already conceivable at the beginning of the next decade.”
According to The Verge, the eTruck is only for short-range deliveries, similar to the existing three-axle Mercedes-Benz truck, but it has an electrically-driven rear axle like the Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid bus.
Its power, which is supplied by a battery pack loaded with three lithium-ion battery modules, is enough to cover a daily delivery tour of 200 kilometers.
“We push the boundaries of what is technically feasible, very widely to the front,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, CEO Daimler Trucks and Buses.
“To date the use of electric drives in trucks has been extremely limited. Meanwhile, cost, performance and charging time evolve so rapidly that we now see a turnaround for distribution: It’s time for the electric truck,” he added.
Since 2014, Daimler Trucks has been regularly testing the e-truck using the Fuso Canter E-Cell for commercial production in the future.
“As far as light-duty trucks are concerned, the all-electric drive is already a reality. This is demonstrated by the Fuso Canter E-Cell,” Daimler said.
“Following a successful fleet trial in Portugal, the Canter E-Cell has now satisfactorily completed around six months of the first fleet trial for trucks of this kind in Germany. It will be available in future under the name of Fuso eCanter.”
The move by Mercedes-Benz and Daimler comes a week after Tesla’s announcement that it is venturing into the semi truck business.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tesla is developing a semi truck that will be unveiled next year as part of its electric transport campaign.
The venture, however, is a whole new game for the American company, which is known for designing and manufacturing electric cars.
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