A truck to be loved. I have always loved trucks more than cars. Trucks are made for work, not for impressing others. They are on the street for a reason! And the sheer amount of power from their diesel engines has always impressed. If you ask me if I wanted to own a brand new Mercedes-Benz truck, I wouldn’t say no. Actually, I would like to own the latest Mercedes-Benz Urban Electric Truck (e Truck). It is designed for urban transportation.
Urban transportation unfortunately pollutes the environment more than the #dieselgate. This is due to the stop-and-go traffic and the loading and unloading over short distances which increases fuel consumption and pollution. In addition, urban transportation distances are not that very long and a diesel engine is not very efficient in such a situation.
Thus, Mercedes-Benz created the electric urban truck to tackle the problem of pollution and fuel consumption. The range of this truck is 200 km which is more than enough for urban transportation (except if you live in Istanbul). The battery sits under and around the metal chassis frame. There are lots of spaces for placing batteries on a truck chassis.
The gigantic torque level of an electric motor can easily overcome any high weight load problems. Shifting to the electric motor from the diesel engine will not have any side effects for urban transportation. Electric motors are as powerful as diesel engines, and a 200-km range is more than enough for most urban transportation. The rest of the truck is the same as a Mercedes-Benz truck. In addition, many companies can benefit from the free or reduced-fee electric charging points!
Really excited to see these trucks on the street!
- The operating costs were 64 percent lower on average.
- Permissible gross vehicle weight of the Urban e Truck 26 tonnes.
- The costs of batteries to lower by the factor 2.5 between 1997 and 2025 – from 500 Euro/kWh down to 200 Euro/kWh. At the same time, performance will improve by the same factor over the same period – from 80 Wh/kg up to 200 Wh/kg
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