STUTTGART/HANOVER, Germany — The air was “electric” here recently as Daimler Trucks announced this the company’s first electric truck, the Urban eTruck.
The introduction took place at Europe’s big truck event, the IAA Commercial Vehicles show.
The show focused on “digitization,” electric mobility and connectivity with other vehicles and infrastructure, with Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Daimler Trucks and buses, saying “We offer our customers connectivity services to make work-life easier and significantly increase the uptime of our trucks.”
“At the same time,” he continued, “we are opening the door on a new era: e-mobility for urban areas ... .”
Bernhard said this type of urban vehicle will be needed more and more since it’s predicted that by 2050 more than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities.
Daimler announced its electric drivetrain concept in July, with its Urban eTruck being the next step. It’s an all-new electric truck concept for short-radius, zero-emissions freight distribution.
The eTruck has an estimated 125-mile range, per electrical charge (taking two hours to recharge) and can carry up to 12.8 tons.
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