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.

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: