Decidedly looking like a concept, the Mercedes Urban eTruck concept presented during 2016’s IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover is nonetheless getting a production model in mere months.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks officially made the announcement recently but early adopters should hurry – they are unfortunately planning a small production run. It appears the company has received around 20 offers from potential clients n the disposal, foodstuffs, and logistics sectors for what they claim to be the “the world’s first all-electric heavy-duty truck.” Naturally first examples will be delivered in Germany, with the rest of Europe to follow suit. During the first 12 months of ownership the customers will receive support for the all-electric trucks from MB Trucks’ road testing department.
The series production Urban eTruck will have the same characteristics as the concept – maximum payload of 12.8 tons and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) rating of up to 25 tons. The huge lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 212 kilowatt-hour will last for up to 124 miles (200 kilometers). MB Trucks offers the eTruck with a refrigerated body, a dry box body, and as a platform vehicle, with the production-ready Urban eTruck getting a special charger capable of handling the massive power needed to replenish the big battery pack.