Urban eTruck customer trials to begin

Following last year’s electric-powered Urban eTruck prototype, Mercedes-Benz has announced a small build run and the start of user trials.

According to Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks worldwide: “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 tests will include use in shift operation, charging times plus battery and range management.”

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck (2017) Front Side 1

Given the Urban eTruck’s suitability for shorter-distance, multi-drop work in built-up areas, companies involved in logistics, disposal and foodstuffs distribution have been identified as the most likely clientele.

They’re being offered a choice of either 18-tonne or 25-tonne gross vehicle weights. The latter offers a payload of up to 12.8 tonnes (28,219 pounds), depending on the bodywork fitted.

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck (2017) Front Side 2

Maximum driving range should be around 125 miles (200 kilometres), thanks to three lithium-ion battery packs which have a total capacity of 212 kWh. Their energy is sent to a pair of electric motors mounted adjacent to the middle drive axle. Each delivers 167 bhp (125 kW / 170 PS) with 500 Nm (368 lb/ft) of torque.

Mercedes-Benz is currently aiming to commence full series production of an electric heavy-duty truck by 2020.

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