Stuttgart tests electric

Stuttgart tests electric

Daimler Trucks has launched the first fleet test for emission-free, electric trucks in Germany, handing over four battery-powered Fuso Canter E-Cell trucks to Stuttgart’s mayor, Fritz Kuhn, and one to the Hermes Logistics Company.

Over the next year, the Municipality of Stuttgart will test four six-tonne Fuso Canter E-Cell trucks in a tough, everyday working environment. Two vehicles with hydraulic tipper bodies are to be deployed in road construction and landscaping. Two vehicles with box bodies will be assigned to municipal furniture transport and waste disposal operations.

The other Canter E-Cell will carry out parcel deliveries in urban traffic for the Hermes Logistics Company.

Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses, says: “In urban short-radius distribution, a partial switch to electric trucks will become technically feasible and economically viable within a few years’ time.

“Daimler Trucks is pushing ahead with the further development of this technology. Together with the Municipality of Stuttgart and the Hermes Company, we are taking a key step towards market maturity.”

The Canter E-Cell proved its merits in short-range delivery operations and urban transport in an initial fleet test in Portugal; cutting operating costs by up to 64 percent.

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