Worldwide, more and more people are living in cities. This means that cities need more goods and services, which means more cars and trucks, which leads to more pollution. But according to Mercedes-Benz there is a solution to that last problem at least. To minimize urban pollution and improve air quality Mercedes unveiled their Urban eTruck, a fully electric truck concept.
The ‘Urban’ part of its name is significant as the eTruck is not meant to haul goods over long distances, which with it 124 mile range it would not be able to. Instead the Urban eTruck is meant to carry goods over a short, regular route. This concept truck is based on a regular Mercedes short-radius, three-axle truck. However, the drivetrain has been replaced by
“a new electrically driven rear axle with electric motors directly adjacent to the wheel hubs – derived from the electric rear axle which was developed for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid bus.”
The Urban eTruck is Mercedes-Benz’s latest addition to their
range of electric urban vehicles, which already included a bus and a van. At the moment the Urban is just a concept. But it might well be a big competitor to Tesla. The latter has recently unveiled the second part of their master plan with a larger focus on heavy trucks and urban transport.
What do you think? Is this a viable concept, or just a waste of time. Would Mercedes be better off looking at electric trucks with a bigger range? Would you drive one of these Urban eTrucks?