Mercedes-Benz Unveils Fully Electric Transport Truck Concept

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Mercedes-Benz today unveiled what it is calling the first-ever fully-electric heavy truck, dubbed the Urban eTruck.

It’s based on a heavy-duty, three-axle, short-radius Mercedes-Benz distribution truck, a description that’s longer than the truck’s 200-km driving range. That doesn’t sound like much for such a vehicle, but that’s the point: as its “Urban” moniker suggests, Benz says the eTruck was conceived for use in cities, to distribute and deliver goods arriving from elsewhere on trains or long-haul trucks. It could also be used for other tasks urbane to urban environments, like garbage collection.

The idea, according to Mercedes, was to built a heavy truck that would help address pollution concerns in urban areas, which continue to grow around the world. Quoting the United Nations, Mercedes-Benz says that by 2050, around 70 percent of the world’s population — predicted to reach nine billion — will live in cities. And with a few large cities considering bans on combustion engines in urban centres, apparently the time is right for an all-electric truck.

As we said earlier, the eTruck rides on a standard-issue Mercedes-Benz three-axle truck chassis, minus the usual diesel engine, transmission, driveshaft and rear differential. In place of that drivetrain are a pair of electric motors integrated into the rear hubs — each one making 168 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque — drawing juice from a 212 kWh battery pack nestled between the frame rails where a conventional truck’s driveshaft would be. And that 200-km range, said to be enough for a days’ worth of deliveries in an urban centre, would come after just two to three hours of charging.

Mercedes doesn’t say when a production version of the eTruck would hit European roads, but the company says production “is conceivable at the beginning of the next decade.”

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As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.