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Battery advancements open door to electric trucks​

Daimler has been working on a viable electric truck concept based on major advances in battery technology.

Capable of transporting up to 25 tonnes, the Daimler electric truck will put zero-emissions vehicles on a par with conventional-engine variants in terms of payload and performance.

Daimler, which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, revealed electric trucks could be ready from the start of the next decade thanks to battery technology advancements.

Cost and weight of batteries, in addition to their limited power, has restricted use of electric for heavy load vehicles.

However, with battery costs continuing to decline, falling by almost 60 percent in 2025, from 1997, and energy density increasing by around 250 percent, their viability is far greater.

The UN predicts a global population of nine billion people by 2050, with approximately 70 percent of them living in cities. In future, it will be necessary to transport goods in urban environments for increasing numbers of people – and with the lowest possible emissions and noise.

In the light distribution sector, Daimler Trucks has already been impressively demonstrating the day-to-day suitability of the fully electric truck in customer trials with the FUSO Canter E-Cell since 2014.

The city of Stuttgart and the parcel service provider Hermes are currently testing five FUSO Cater E-Cell in Germany. The demanding environment of urban Stuttgart provides important insights for Daimler Trucks from the customer operation with regard to the further development of the fully electric drive. First results from this customer trial are expected at the beginning of 2017.

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