The Urban eTruck Concept could be the future of short-range commercial deliveries with its 738 pound-feet of torque from a pair of electric motors.

The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck concept shows that the future of short-haul commercial vehicles could be extremely green. This electric delivery truck would pack up to a 200-kilometer (124 mile) range in standard trim thanks to a gargantuan 212 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The futuristic vehicle premieres at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany.

Mercedes Urban eTruck concept
Mercedes Urban eTruck concept
Mercedes Urban eTruck concept


The eTruck can make deliveries thanks to a pair of electric motors that are adjacent to the wheel hubs. They produce a total, combined output of 335 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, which is immediately available to the driver. Mercedes imagines the truck with a modular battery pack that companies could tailor to their needs. A business would be able to order a smaller battery for shorter delivery routes, or there would be room on the truck to install a second one for added range.

The Urban eTruck’s design follows similar cues as the company’s recent Vision Van concept. Both of them reimagine commercial vehicles for the future by incorporating gentle curves and rounded shapes onto traditionally angular models. The incredibly narrow slits for headlights and stalk-mounted cameras also keep the exterior spartan. The designers keep a grille in front, despite not needing to cool an engine, but they place a bank of customizable LEDs inside of it. The styling touch looks especially attractive in the nighttime photos in the gallery below.

Mercedes Urban eTruck concept
Mercedes Urban eTruck concept


The interior is equally futuristic by eschewing traditional instruments in favor of digital displays. A 12.3-inch screen provides information like navigation directions, vehicle speed, and the battery’s level of charge. A separate tablet gives the driver information about the delivery route.

Switching to electric power for these short-distance delivery vehicles would mean fewer emissions in city centres and less noise. Mercedes thinks the tech could be production-ready by the beginning of the next decade.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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