It’s time for the Merc eTruck to hit the road.
Shaping the future: Following outstanding customer reactions the Urban #eTruck (25 tonnes GVW and 200 km range) will hit the market in 2020. But, where are the mirrors on this truck? In the future, we will see video sending live data to screens
The Urban eTruck uses three lithium-ion battery modules that combine to produce an all-electric range of about 200 km (124 miles), which is enough for a day’s worth of urban deliveries. With a current max payload of roughly 28,000 pounds, it’s more capable than your average box truck.
It also looks positively futuristic. Its headlights are about as slim as LEDs allow, and the extreme cladding covering the whole side of the truck should keep its efficiency as high as possible. The interior is a bit more down to earth, with a vertically mounted steering column and a few screens scattered about the dashboard.
Hold on! The e-truck is not on sale yet. Mercedes will first deliver a “low two-figure” number of trucks to German customers, eventually expanding across Europe. There will be two sizes, 18 tonnes and 25 tonnes (based on gross vehicle weight), and it will be offered in 3 configurations — refrigerated body, dry box body and platform.
Owners will take possession of the trucks for 12 months, using them daily and charging them as any other Electric Vehicle owner would. Mercedes will take the data from this pilot program and use it to further optimize its truck, based on whether or not it can handle daily use.
The goal is to set up for a proper rollout before 2020. It is estimated that battery prices would have fallen and capacity increased by 2020.
We are still a few years off from electric long-haul trucks, but we will be there soon!