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First Mercedes-Benz electric trucks roll out in Europe

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has confirmed that the first two models of its all-electric heavy-duty ‘Urban eTruck’ will soon be deployed across Europe.

The Daimler truck brand reported a ‘positive reaction’ following its world premiere in September 2016, with the first two models – an 18- and 25-tonne eTruck – to be trialled by its European customers.

“Following the world premiere in September 2016 at the International Commercial Vehicle Show the customer reaction was outstanding,” said Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks worldwide.

“We are currently talking to around 20 potential customers from the disposal, foodstuffs and logistics sector. With the small series we are now rapidly taking the next step towards a series product. By 2020 we want to be on the market with the series generation.”

He added. “Zero emissions, quiet as a whisper and with a payload of 12.8 tonnes, the Urban eTruck offers an impressive economical and environmentally friendly concept.

“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 aim is to use actual application scenarios and requirement profiles together with the customer to further optimise the vehicle concept and the system configurations of the electric truck. The tests will include use in shift operation, charging times plus battery and range management.”

According to Mercedes-Benz, the 18- and 25-tonne eTruck models will be fitted with a refrigerated body, as a dry box body and as a platform vehicle. Together with a special charger, the vehicles will in use for a period of 12 months and supported by Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ road testing department. During this time the use profiles and areas of application will be recorded and the knowledge gained and expectations compared.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed with CRTNews that there are "no immediate plans for the Urban eTruck in Australia, but it remains an exciting proposition for the business in the future".

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