E-Truck rolls in series.
- 15. February 2017
A start is made: The world’s first all-electric heavy-duty truck will be launched to customers in a low number of units.
This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world’s first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market in a small series. Following the presentation of the Urban eTruck with 25 t perm. GVW and a range of up to 200 km at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in 2016, the first vehicles will be delivered to customers this year.
Zero emissions, quiet as a whisper and with a payload of 12.8 t: The Urban eTruck offers an impressive economical and environmentally friendly concept. The vehicle will initially go in a low two-figure number of units to customers in Germany – and later in Europe, too. It will be used in real transportation applications there. The aim is to use actual application scenarios and requirement profiles together with the customer to further optimise the vehicle concept and the system configurations of the electric truck. The tests will include use in shift operation, charging times plus battery and range management.
Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks
Daimler and Uber today announced an agreement on their intent to cooperate on the supply and operation of self-driving vehicles. Under the terms of the cooperation Daimler plans to introduce self-driving vehicles also on Uber’s global ridesharing network in the coming years. Daimler is the first auto company to join with Uber as it opens up its platform for manufacturers to introduce their own self-driving cars.
With its new corporate strategy entitled CASE – which stands for “Connected”, “Autonomous”, “Shared & Services” and “Electric” – Mercedes-Benz Cars is marking out the cornerstones for its future success and the reshaping of mobility. This agreement is the next step into the future of shared and autonomous driving.
Daimler is a pioneer when it comes to self-driving vehicle technologies. The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the world’s first series-production vehicle to be awarded a test licence for autonomous driving in the US state of Nevada. With its Highway Pilot system, Daimler Trucks is now the world’s first truck manufacturer with plans to develop an autonomous driving system for use in commercial vehicles.
Uber has assembled a strong self-driving engineering group with its Advanced Technology Group, which is testing self-driving vehicles on the road in the US. Uber’s Otto division is also working on self-driving trucks. And Uber has valuable experience that comes from running a ridesharing and delivery network across 74 countries.
What was travel like before the advent of platforms on which private individuals can rent out their apartment by the day or week or that enable you to discover an unknown city for yourself using car2go? For some people, those times are now little more than a vague memory. It’s just so fantastic to make your own fried egg in the morning in a city that was unknown to you until yesterday, to browse someone else’s well-assorted bookshelves and, in most cases, to be supplied first-hand with insider tips – following the motto: “immerse yourself in another life”.
Digitalisation and the opportunities offered by the “sharing economy”, in which you don’t need to own something to use it, are opening the door to new ways of living, travelling and working. People are not just sharing car2go vehicles, using Facebook to stay in touch with friends in faraway places and following their latest music discoveries on Spotify. These technologies are causing people’s own networks to grow exponentially. Often, all it takes is an email to get in touch with friends of friends on the other side of the world.
Our video with stylist and blogger Lizzy van der Ligt describes this way of life and the wide-ranging opportunities that arise from networking and the sharing of information and things. What would it be like if we were one day able not just to book a private apartment for a city trip, but to totally immerse ourselves in another life for a day? Sharing my city: Amsterdam.
From northern Finland to southern Italy, from the most westerly point in Spain to the most easterly corner of Romania, the Mercedes-Benz Fuel Duel is held in numerous European countries. The first fuel comparison test took place approximately five years ago in the Netherlands. The conditions haven’t changed since then: a Mercedes-Benz Actros takes on the tasks of a competitor vehicle in a logistics company fleet and drives with its load and route for two weeks. The driver is thoroughly trained beforehand and is initially accompanied by a professional trainer or an experienced Mercedes-Benz Trucks salesperson.
The driver then carries out the usual tasks unaccompanied in the Actros, supported by the FleetBoard telematics system.
The vehicles have now taken part in approximately 2,100 Fuel Duels against the most important European competitors – a total of approximately 9.8 million kilometres (as at March 2016). The Mercedes-Benz Actros has been the clear winner in over 90 percent of these duels. The consumption savings compared with the competitors average 10.6 percent. Martin König, who is responsible for truck sales at the Mercedes-Benz Centre in Hildesheim, recognised the opportunities for carrying out the Fuel Duel at an early stage. He is behind four of the fuel consumption comparison tests that have been held in Germany.
“The Fuel Duel provides the unique opportunity to demonstrate the strengths of the Actros in an objective way. At the same time, the driver can check how cost-effective their driving style is and improve on it”, he says.
The Actros has also competed in the Fuel Duel in Germany. The 1,000th comparison test took place at Spedition Kreykenbohm in Holzminden, Germany. Willi-Ingo Kreykenbohm runs the family company which was founded in 1924 and has 22 trucks in the fleet – not one of which is a Mercedes-Benz. On average, each Kreykenbohm truck covers up to 120,000 kilometres per year. Without the Actros, the fuel consumption is an average of 29 litres of diesel for every 100 kilometres. This value had to be beaten in the Fuel Duel. And the Actros 1845 LS did it again: with an average total fuel consumption of 26.5 litres, it completely outpaced the competition. For an annual distance of 120,000 kilometres, this means a saving of at least 3,000 litres and a CO₂ reduction of 7.9 tons.
“On average, my truck achieves a fuel consumption of 29 litres for every 100 kilometres”, says Christian Krukemeyer. The 36-year-old has been driving trucks for eight years and covers between 100,000 and 120,000 kilometres per year for Spedition Kreykenbohm. “I was very excited about the Fuel Duel, to see if the Actros could beat this value”. Krukemeyer’s conclusion after two weeks: “A consumption level of 26.5 litres with the Actros. That is a reduction of over two litres!” As a result of the Fuel Duel, not only the Actros 1845 LS but also its driver receive plenty of praise. The FleetBoard evaluation shows economical gear shifting in 89 percent of all cases. Which is why it is not surprising that Christian Krukemeyer scored 9.67 out of 10 on the FleetBoard rating scale.
The Fuel Duel Actros with a StreamSpace cab is equipped with the whole range of fuel-saving features. These include aerodynamically optimised components, reduced weight and highly efficient driver assistance systems. The truck is made more streamlined by the side skirts, the door extensions, the underbody panelling, the radiator shutter and the air horns under the cab, for example. Technical refinements such as the tyre pressure monitoring system, the two-stage air compressor, the two-stage water pump, Mercedes PowerShift and Predictive Powertrain Control reduce fuel consumption still further. And in future, the result may be even more marked. Because since autumn 2015, Actros trucks with the second generation of the OM 471 engine on board have also been taking part in the Fuel Duel. This has demonstrated a further reduction in fuel consumption of up to three percent!