Mercedes-Benz Beats Tesla By Launching First Fully Electric Truck

Posted: Jul 28 2016, 10:29am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 28 2016, 9:15pm CDT, in Cars & Vehicles


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Mercedes-Benz Beats Tesla by Launching First Fully Electric Truck
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Mercedes-Benz beats Tesla Motors in presenting the first Electric commercial Truck.

Mercedes-Benz has become the first company to offer a fully electric truck to go on the commercial run. The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is a full electric truck.

The electric transport is supposed to move about with a weight of 26 tons. This is something that has never been achieved before. The truck has the range of 200 kilometers and has a load capacity that is equal to a diesel drive.

"Electric drive systems previously only saw extremely limited use in trucks. Nowadays costs, performance and charging times develop further so rapidly that now there is a trend reversal in the distribution sector: the time is ripe for the electric truck. In light distribution trucks, our Fuso Canter E-Cell has already been undergoing intensive customer trials since 2014. And with the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck, we are now electrifying the heavy distribution segment up to 26 tonnes. We intend to establish electric driving as systematically as autonomous and connected driving," says Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses at the Board of Management.

The commercial production of this Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is supposed to begin in two years. Electric drive systems were not regarded as a favorable thing for the heavy weight transport vehicles such as trucks. However it is the time when electric mode will ensure more efficiency, security and a new trend all over the globe.

The company is trying to make the electric driving module as systematically as autonomous and connected driving. Daimler Trucks which are the most successful truck company are going to feature this Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck at Stuttgart today.

Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks: "With the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck, we are underlining our intention to systematically developing the electric drive in trucks to series production maturity. 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."

This is a first ever truck with admissible Weight of about 26 tons. The success of this kind of truck means that future trucks will roam around in the urban areas with zero emission and zero noise. The electric vehicles have a very low noise that is mostly associated with a hum.

Marc Llistosella, Head of Daimler Trucks Asia and President & CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks and Bus Cooperation (MFTBC): "The current generation Canter E-Cell offers our customers transport services which are not only environment-friendly, but also economical. Our test in Lisbon revealed respectable savings of around 1000 euros per 10,000 kilometres in comparison to diesel trucks."

"We at Fuso have now acquired extensive experience in the development of local emission-free commercial vehicles und we will consequently pursue this development also in future. At the Commercial Vehicles show IAA in September, will will take a step further towards series production with our next generation under the new name: Fuso eCanter," continues Llistosella.

According to the experts at Mercedes-Benz, the electric charge time and capacity has increased over the few years. This would be really beneficial for a truck like this. Many big cities are clearly going to ban combustible fuel trucks in the urban area. Thus trucks that are fully electric will be the best choice in that case.

Tesla will have to look outs for this kind of project if they need to be on the top for EVs.

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