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Friday, December 2, 2016
A Tesla Takeover: Take a Look at Mercedes’ New All-Electric, Heavy-Duty Truck
This year, Tesla unveiled its Master Plan, Part Deux, and one of the promises it made was an all-electric heavy-duty truck, which would greatly reduce carbon emissions and shipping costs. It may need to speed up realizing that promise if it wants to be the first company to do so, though, as competitors are already hard at work on their own electric semis.
At an event in Germany in September, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its Urban eTruck. Since then, more details and photos of the semi have surfaced.
Mercedes installed a virtual monitoring system on the truck. It uses data like weight and expected driving time to determine whether there is enough juice stored to last the entire trip. If it sees that the truck will be stretched to the limit, it shifts the driving mode to the less power-intensive of its three options.
The company has been testing the truck since April and expects the first customer trial results by 2017. They hope to have the technology integrated into their trucks within the next decade.