Technology and sustainability have been walking side by side. One of the biggest challenges faced by researchers nowadays is to develop new technologies that will not only bring innovations to a specific industry but will also decrease natural impact and improve environment conditions. In logistics, fully electric trucks promise better air quality and lower noise.
The launch of this technology will bring many positive changes in the logistics market, allowing companies, for example, to conduct operations with zero local emissions and hardly a whisper. The market launch of this technology is estimated for the beginning of the next decade, by Daimler Trucks. The company has already been demonstrating impressive sustainability actions, but the development of electric trucks will play a big role in their strategy to lead as one of the most sustainable businesses in the technological industry.
Developers have been basing this new technology into the concept of replacing the conventional drivetrain 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 power is supplied by a battery pack consisting of three lithium-ion battery modules. This results in a range of up to 200 km – enough for a typical daily delivery tour.
The result of the launch of these trucks will be increasing the permissible gross vehicle weight of trucks with alternative drives up to one ton, which will level out the weight surplus of the electric drive. This will raise the permissible gross vehicle weight of the Urban e-Truck from 25 to 26 tons, which will bring the original extra weight down to 700 kg compared with a directly comparable IC-engined truck.
The operation of the trucks is being tested in the city of Stuttgart, Germany, since April 2016. Take a look at the first results of the e-Truck:
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