Mercedes-Benz electric truck prototype (July 2016)
Mercedes-Benz shows off Fully Electric Heavy Transport Truck Prototype
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the first fully electric heavy transport truck prototype on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. This "clean energy" commercialtruck has an admissible weight capacity of 29 US tons, and operates with considerable less noise attributed to having no internal combustion engine. The obvious benefit to an electric commercial truck is that it doesn't run on fossil fuel, which improves the air quality versus the current trucks on the road today.
Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck not Expected to roll out until 2020
Mercedes-Benz calls it the "Urban eTruck" with a maximum driving range of about 124 miles on one charge. Daimler points out on PRNewswire that these clean energy commercial trucks may not be available for commercial use until about 2020. Daimler says that this is due to the "cost-to-efficiency" ratio of building them and an expected decrease in cost to produce the batteries they will use.
Light Distribution Electric Truckers being Tested with Customer trials
Also, fully electric light distribution Daimler trucks are currently being tested with customer trials. This shows that Daimler is actively seeking to compete with Tesla - the car company that only offers electric vehicles - which recently revealed that they are working on an electric semi transport truck.