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Transport: Daimler unveils its all-electric truck

With forty tons of possible boarding, the European manufacturer has an advantage over Tesla.

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Posted on 20.09.2022 08:53

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No offense to American billionaire Elon Musk, the boss of the luxury car maker, the world’s leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer, is European. German in this case. Daimler Truck is presenting this prototype at this week’s commercial vehicle show in Hannover. The model, called “eActros”, has a range of about 500 km on a single battery charge and should be ready for mass production in two years, in 2024.

At the moment it is only a prototype, full-scale road tests will take place next year. American e-commerce giant Amazon and German logistics group Rhenus will test the car in real conditions. Practical for long distances, but especially in urban and suburban areas, these electrified trucks have been designed to meet the same requirements as the diesel versions.

The electric truck from Daimler Truck, a subsidiary of Mercedes Benz, meets the same criteria as a traditional truck. For ten years of operation, he must travel 1.2 million kilometers. The Group has high hopes for the development of renewable energy sources. By 2030, CO2-neutral commercial vehicles should account for up to 60% of sales in about thirty European countries. American rival Tesla four years ago expected to release a 40-ton model, but his plans did not materialize, and the German regained the advantage.

Tesla founding boss Elon Musk is promising that his electric truck will be well-produced from this year… it will be able to travel 800 kilometers in full autonomy, compared to 500 for the eActros Daimler Truck. And it’s not over yet, because it’s an electric car race around the world: Japan’s Toyota plans to launch an electric van in the coming months.

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