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Mercedes’ Electric Truck To Counter Tesla Plans Is In The Making

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Last month, Tesla boss and CEO – Elon Musk – announced his big plans to make an electric truck of the future and for it to arrive in the market as early as 2019.

In taking the competition head-on, Mercedes’ parent group Daimler has revealed a stylish truck of its own. Last September, during a trade show of electric vehicles, Daimler showed of its light-duty electric truck ‘eCanter’ which has now undergone a testing of 37,000 miles on the streets of Portugal and Germany.

The company is expected to unveil a limited series edition of eCanter by this year’s end in places like New York, Lisbon, and Tokyo. The company plans to push this model into mass production by 2019, around the same time when Tesla’s electric truck is scheduled for its arrival.

The eCanter can travel over a range on 100 km on a full-charge while carrying a cargo weight of two to three tons. Moreover, using a fast DC charger, it can be charged to its full capacity within an hour.

Because of the global concerns of the increasing carbon footprint, major automobile giants including Daimler are planning to shift some of their focus towards the electric truck market for light and heavy-duty vehicles. This development will certainly be in accordance with the developing battery tech as it improves over the years.

Commenting about Tesla’s plan to enter the heavy-duty electric trucks market, Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, Marc Llistosella said

    “In trucks, of course [Elon Musk’s] stepping into it, but we don’t see him as someone who is threatening us because you need a whole infrastructure. You need dealerships, you need infrastructure, you need maintenance.”

    “It’s not so easy like a consumer good, it’s an industrial good, so it will be very difficult for him.”

However, looking into the past and Elon’s ability to bring challenging projects to life, it will be too early to undermine his ability to come up with electric trucks.

The truck industry is set for massive changes towards electrification and autonomy.

Automotive giants have already started putting more of their efforts in this direction and in few years we could witness the change of the entire industry.

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