Mercedes-Benz eTruck wins “European Transport Prize for Sustainability 2018”

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The Mercedes-Benz eTruck won first prize in the category “Concept Trucks” of the “European Transport Prize for Sustainability 2018”. The European Transport Prize for Sustainability is awarded every two years by Huss-Verlag, and is aimed at strengthening companies in the commercial vehicle sector in acting sustainably.

Urban eTruck is the first fully electric truck for heavy distribution made by Mercedes-Benz offering ranges of up to 200 kilometres and a load capacity comparable with diesel drive. The revolutionary truck is not only Mercedes’ first foray into the electric truck market but also the first fully electric truck in the world with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes.

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Technically the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck is based on a heavy-duty, three-axle short-radius Mercedes-Benz distribution truck. In addition, however, the developers at Daimler Trucks have totally revised the drive concept: The entire conventional drivetrain being replaced by a new electrically driven rear axle with electric motors directly adjacent to the wheel hubs – derived from the electric rear axle which was developed for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid bus.

The power is supplied by a battery pack consisting of three lithium-ion battery modules. This results in a range of up to 200 km – enough for a typical daily delivery tour. Thanks to the integrated concept with motors adjacent to the wheel hubs, the batteries are housed in a crash-proof location inside the frame.