Electrifying Heavyweights


Electric drives reserved for light-duty commercial vehicles only? Not any longer. Daimler Trucks is presenting the electric truck as the world's first all-electric, heavy-duty truck. 26 tonnes that move along almost completely silently and free of emissions.

Practical and economical. As straightforward and easily deployable as a diesel truck. The electric truck bears up to comparison with conventional trucks on all fronts. The vehicle is anticipated to be ready for series production at the beginning of the next decade. In the meantime, the technical concept will undergo testing and further development.

The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck celebrated its world premiere on the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016 in Hannover.

The dawn of the e-volution

Daimler Trucks did not start from scratch in developing its all-electric truck. The developers use various proven components, such as the standard chassis of a Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty distribution truck. In terms of the drive configuration, Daimler is breaking new ground, replacing the conventional drivetrain with an electric rear axle fitted with electric motors. These motors are positioned very closely to the wheel hubs, which saves space and weight. The energy is supplied by up to three modular battery packages. The number of packages can be tailored to the customer’s individual requirements. One, two, or three battery packages are then installed in the vehicle’s frame. Crash-proof and compact.

In terms of range, the electric truck is required to meet the same criteria as conventional trucks. To this end, Daimler Trucks deploys the maximum capacity of the 212 kWh battery system comprising three modules of lithium-ion batteries. The battery additionally stores the energy generated during braking. This means that the charge level rises each time the brakes are applied.
A range of up to 200 kilometers is fully adequate for most purposes in urban distribution haulage.

An electric truck that knows everything?

The technical concept for the electric truck will revolutionize the heavy-duty commercial vehicles segment – above all by means of intelligent energy management. Connectivity is a crucial factor here.

Sep 16, 2016
Verena Bonath