The Urban eTruck Concept seemingly represents the Mercedes vision of the future for short-range commercial deliveries, thanks to the truck’s tremendous 738 pound-feet of torque coming from two electric motors.
The Mercedes-Benz commercial divisions are on par with the passenger car unit – at least in getting to a green, autonomous and connected future. We have the autonomous heavy truck roaming the streets testing its gear, we have the Vision Van with electric powertrain and autonomous drones. And now we have the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck concept which describes the German vision of the future of short-haul commercial vehicles. It’s a fully-electric delivery truck with 124-mile (200-kilometer) range in standard trim thanks to a massive 212 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The model is being introduced at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany.
The Mercedes eTruck has a pair of electric motors adjacent to the wheel hubs. They have a combined output of 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) of torque, the latter available to the driver from the get go. Mercedes also thinks the battery pack should be modular to allow companies to tailor the truck to their needs – with shorter range or an additional pack for increased autonomy. The design follows in the same vein as the Vision van and sees a very streamlined design that is both futuristic and respectful of the current Mercedes styling.