January 21, 2020 9:30 AM, EST

Daimler Trucks to Test Electric Waste Hauler in 2021

Mercedes-Benz eActrosThe eEconic is based on the eActros electric truck for heavy distribution, shown at left. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

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Daimler Trucks announced in-use testing of the Mercedes-Benz eEconic, its battery-electric low-floor truck intended for municipal waste collection, would begin in Europe in 2021.

The eEconic is based on the eActros electric truck for heavy distribution, set for series production in 2021, according to the Stuttgart, Germany-based company, a unit of Daimler AG.

“We at Daimler Trucks & Buses want to offer all our new vehicles with carbon dioxide-neutral driving operation in our main sales regions by 2039,” Gesa Reimelt, head of the E-Mobility Group at Daimler Trucks & Buses, said in a release.

“With our global platform strategy, we are applying uniform technologies and vehicle architectures also for electric vehicles worldwide, and can accelerate development enormously through synergies,” Reimelt added.

Meanwhile, the eActros heavy-duty truck, with a range of about 200 kilometers, is in intensive use by customers in Germany and Switzerland. In the United States, the medium-duty Freightliner eM2 and the heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia are undergoing practical tests with customers. More than 140 FUSO eCanter light-duty trucks are already in use with customers in cities worldwide.

By 2022, the vehicle portfolio of Daimler Trucks & Buses in its main sales regions of Europe, the United States and Japan will include series-production vehicles with battery-electric drive; by the end of the decade, it will add hydrogen-powered series-production vehicles to its product range. — Transport Topics


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