Daimler has announced that it is investing a half a billion Euros (US$600M) in research and development for commercial electric trucks. This video shows its E-Actros model being put through its paces in Arjeplog near the Polar Circle, where it successfully passed cold-starting, charging and driving test in -30 Celsius.
Daimler has already shown it is big on the future of electric vehicles in general, allotting $11B to research and development and now adding this new investment dedicated to trucks. The truck division, of course already benefits from the overall work in battery technology and other electric oriented technologies.
When it comes to trucks, Daimler Trucks leads in the electrification of commercial vehicles: The FUSO eCanter light-duty truck is the world’s first fully electric truck from series production and its subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and is in use by selected customers in the United States, Europe and Japan.
Ten of these eActros in two versions – 18 and 25 tons – will be moving on to actual every day use tests with customers in the next few weeks. Mercedes-Benz is now putting its electric truck into customers’ hands and onto the roads. The goal is to achieve series and market maturity early in the 2020s for electric trucks in heavy-duty urban distribution transport.
Thomas Weber, head of Daimler Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development has said that “”Electric mobility at Daimler will be in the six figures by 2020”.
Daimler also partnering on EVs in China
On other fronts, electrek reports that Daimler is partnering with Chinese automaker BAIC “to expand local production for the Mercedes-Benz brand, which will include the highly anticipated Mercedes EQ all-electric vehicles.
The effort will start next year with the first vehicles, the all-electric ‘EQC’ SUV, under their new all-electric ‘EQ’ sub-brand.
Last year Daimler announced a new $740 million battery factory in the country and they showed that an EV factory is part of their aggressive electric vehicle production plan unveiled last month.Follow 7minutesolar