The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is the world's first all-electric heavy-duty truck. It will be initially manufactured in a small series, understandably to weed out any possible teething troubles that usually come with being a pioneer in any segment – call it beta testing – and the plan is to reach full-scale production by 2020.
The truck was premiered at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in 2016, and Mercedes-Benz Trucks' Stefan Buchner says the manufacturer is in talks with 20 potential customers that are willing to do their business with the Urban eTruck. It's a limited 12-month test period where the truck's use is monitored and supported by the Mercedes-Benz road testing department. The customers are operators in the disposal, foodstuffs and logistics sector, says Buchner, and a quieter garbage truck sounds like a very welcome development.
Mercedes-Benz says the truck will have a range of up to 120 miles, a payload of 12.8 tons and a permitted 18-ton or 25-ton gross vehicle weight. They will be equipped with either a refrigerated body or a dry box body or offered as a platform vehicle, and the charger is as heavy-duty as the rest of the construction.
Stefan Buchner says: "2017 will now be our year of implementation: step by step we are developing the vehicles and systems to achieve market maturity." In addition to the Urban eTruck, Daimler will also offer the Fuso eCanter light-duty electric truck to 150 selected customers in Europe, Japan and the United States.