Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck Rated At 124 Miles Of Range

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 14

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its innovative Urban eTruck at the 2016 IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover.

This purely electric truck features two high-speed asynchronous three-phase electric motors. According to M-B, the motors can pump out up to 339 HP and 737 pound-feet of torque.

Battery capacity? Huge, but this is a big truck so range isn’t all that impressive. M-B says that the battery pack consists of three separate modules that have a total capacity of 212 kWh. That’s enough to provide this behemoth with range of up to 124 miles per charge. Since M-B considers this an urban delivery truck, its range should be more than enough for its expected use.

Regenerative braking helps to charge up the batteries in heavy stop-and-go urban use.

Mercedes adds that the battery system is modular, meaning that a customer can order up the truck with a smaller pack if desired. And an additional module can be added as well, though it saps some cargo room.

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Mercedes insists that the Urban eTruck, seen here in concept form, is production bound, though its launch has not yet been announced. Nor has pricing.

We expect trucks such as this one to become hugely popular with fleets, especially those who predominantly operate in European city centers. as such, this truck is fitted with Mercedes’ FleetBoard system. This advanced telematics system integrates the driver, the truck and the dispatcher into a single unit. This allows for flexible scheduling and precise planning of delivery routes.

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck

Though often overlooked, trucks are buses are really the heart and soul of the electric vehicle industry, so we applaud M-B for joining in on changing the commercial vehicle industry over to electric.

World debut video below:

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14 responses to "Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck Rated At 124 Miles Of Range"

  1. Alaa says:

    It looks like a cat to me.

    1. James says:

      A naughty, but handsome Siamese.

    2. sven says:

      It looks like a toaster to me.

      1. Anon says:

        That’s one cool ToasterCat…

  2. Cerio says:

    The clip reminds me of the movie “The Truman Show” while everyone except from the truck driver is an actor filling the world around him. Only he doesn’t know that the truck he’s driving could drive autonomously if the director just decides to send him into retirement.
    😀

  3. Eco says:

    Gorgeous eTruck! I want one … for RV conversion 🙂

    1. William says:

      That is going to be an expensive conversion, when you put it all together. Hopefully, it has a lot of PV on the roof and no ICE generator.

    2. Drucifer says:

      Since Freightliner is Mercedes, this could mean that a Freightliner chassis with batteries (and even a range extender) may be coming in the next few years.
      A number of Class A RVs are built on Freightliner chassis, so you may be able to get one as a turnkey new vehicle (possibly Newmar/Tiffin/another?) in a while

      1. Eco says:

        Thanks for the info on RV manufacturers that use the Mercedes chassis … there’s also speculation that the eSprinter van may be available in a couple of years … I hope!

  4. Cody Ozz says:

    I have a dream one day to have a solar-powered RV that I drive only as far as I can charge, off plugin at night and by sun during the day. I’m imagining a solar roof that extends 4′ in every direction off the front sides & back that provides shade when I’m parked during the day.
    I’m thinking at night on 240 I could gain 60 miles and on solar.. mayb’s another 15-20. And some days I’d find such good spots I wouldn’t leave for days at a time.. maybe I’m by a river and I need 2 solid days of charging to get me to the next town. Eventually get to Maine from Alaska, via Baja CA…
    But.. it’s going to require panels that produce twice as much and cost 1/2 as much.

    1. Cody Ozz says:

      oh… and the extendable panels retract for driving… so I’d have less gen during the driving hours… but I could extend and orient while parked.

  5. arnis says:

    212kWh battery? WHAT?
    This vehicle is very expensive and they were able to fit TWO Tesla Model S battery packs? Is this a joke?

    It would be acceptable to fit 8hours*50kW DCQC=400kWh battery as a MINIMAL option.
    As trucks are in very heavy use this would allow battery to last for at least 5 years of constant deep cycling.
    Also omitting 3-phase AC charging capability is funny. Price is a problem?

    1. mr. M says:

      Trucks start at 100.000€ without any battery. With some options they easily go up to 250.000€. I don’t know where you read anything about price, but if this vehicle costs less than 300.000€ it can be considered as low priced.