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Daimler introduces eTruck, industry’s
first electric heavy truck
BY JASON CANNON I JULY 28, 2016
This morning Daimler Trucks rolled out its Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck, the first fully electric
truck with a total weight of up to 28 tons. Stefan Buchner, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks,
says the market launch of this technology is conceivable by the beginning of the next decade.
“Electric drive systems previously only saw extremely limited use in trucks. Nowadays costs,
performance and charging times develop further so rapidly that now there is a trend reversal in
the distribution sector: the time is ripe for the electric truck,” says Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, who
responsible for Daimler Trucks Board of Management.
The cost of fully electric drives systems, coupled with their low mileage range, has made the
venture prohibitive until recently. Daimler Trucks expects the costs of batteries to lower. At the
same time, performance is forecast to improve by the same factor over the same period. To
read the full article on Daimler's electronic truck, click here.