Tesla Not the Only E-Truck

November 27, 2017


Dieter Zetsche  of Daimler AG on LinkedIn: 

Logistics are a key driver of traffic in and outside of big cities. Some 65-billion parcels are delivered the world over every year. And as we all know from our personal shopping habits this trend will likely accelerate in the future. Estimates see the amount of parcel deliveries doubling within the next ten years alone. That’s why emission- and nearly noise-free trucks, buses and vans are such a powerful lever to helping make our environment more livable. And that’s why we are dedicated to bringing more and more of them to the market.

Moving freight, moving people.

More than a year ago, we were the first company ever to present the concept of a fully electric truck for urban distribution of up to 25 tons. The “Mercedes-Benz Electric Truck” showed what’s technically feasible – and we just kept going from there …

This October, we unveiled our “E-FUSO Vision One”: a heavy-duty all-electric truck concept with a range of up to 350 kilometers (about 220 miles) on a single charge and a payload of up to 11 tons.

With the “FUSO eCanter” we already have a fully electric light-duty truck on the road that specializes in short-distance and inner-city delivery. Among our first customers in the U.S. is UPS.

And to get even closer to last-mile delivery and right up to people’s doorsteps, we are also working on fully electric vans. We have partnered, for example, with Hermes logistics, which is going to upgrade its delivery-fleet with 1,500 electric vans from Mercedes-Benz by 2020.

Daimler is making significant progress in the process of electrifying the entire supply chain. We are a leader in developing sustainable and locally emission-free logistics. Yet we won’t stop at delivering cargo. It’s just as important for us to move people in a sustainable way.

Last week we also introduced an iconic, all-electric yellow school bus from our partners at Thomas Built Buses. We call the bus “Jouley”. Jouley will be ready to silently and safely take kids to school starting in 2019. Even earlier, in late 2018, we are going to launch series-production of our all-electric city bus “Mercedes-Benz Citaro E-Cell”.


9 Responses to “Tesla Not the Only E-Truck”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Yes, Tesla is NOT the only E-truck, and it’s a shame that Musk sucks so much of the air out of the room and gets such PR—it can only hurt the efforts of others who are much further along in their efforts to provide workable solutions.

    While the others have trucks in use or much closer to actual deployment, Tesla trots out a “concept truck” and couples it with another fancy sports car for the entertainment of the rich. BTW, the Model 3 is still not meeting production goals AND the first part of the production run will be the jazzed up $50,000+ versions AND deliveries will go first to those who already own a Tesla. Yes, the Model 3 is NOT the “wave of the future” for the masses (buy a Bolt or a Leaf instead).

    The last post about the Tesla E-Truck included a comment from someone that the truck was likely to be “a distraction” for Tesla—-LOL—-along with hyperloops, maybe thinking about an E-plane, rockets, and Musk’s dying on Mars (just not while landing).

    It’s just too bad that most of the growth in renewables will be eaten up by growth in populations and economies—-if we don’t use much less coal and NG to generate the electricity for these E-trucks and buses, we’ll lose the battle. (Cue Gingerbaker).

    • With respect DOG

      May only be 50% of it’s power needs, leaving space for Solar Farms and wind farms

      It’s coming from everywhere, there is even a company producing transparent solar window glass, efficiency may not be world beating, but using otherwise unused space

    • Gingerbaker Says:

      Did I hear my name? 😀

      Well, DOG, that was a fine rant. Not your finest, but that is a very high bar to carry. And I disagree with just about everything you said or implied about Tesla and Musk.

      But I’ll just make one point. Chevy just had a record month for Bolt sales. If you take that month’s sales – October 2017, it’ll only take about 180 more months like that to equal the number of reservations Tesla has for a Model 3. 180 months is….. carry the seven, divide by Pi….. 15 years.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Yep, I figured you’d hear the echo of your name and respond with an OPINION based not as much on facts but rather on the wishful thinking about RE and EV’s and Musk and PROJECTIONS that so many Crockers can’t seem to get beyond.

        Once again, try to wrap your head around some actual NUMBERS:

        2781—-Bolts sold in October 2017 (9491 sold July -August 2017)
        115—-Tesla Model 3 sold in October 2017 (335 sold July-August 2017)

        “Reservations” are meaningless—it’s cars out the door that matter. I predict that if Tesla doesn’t get moving, many of those “reservations” will be cancelled and converted to cars that are actually being marketed (like the Bolt).


        Speaking about numbers, remember that about 17,500,000 cars and light trucks are sold in the U.S. each year, and that the Ford F-150 (a freaking PICKUP truck that has been the best selling vehicle for decades) made up about 800,000 of these each of the past four years. Multiply by Pi, divide by the square root of zero, add in the Gunk factor for CO2 emissions from fossil fuels—-and realize that Musk and the other “visionaries” are just distracting us from real goals and wasting our time (or have I said that before?)

        (Final exam question—-three parts—-“How many times do the Tesla and Bolt numbers go into 17,500,000 and 800,000? Is that more or less than the distance the Starship Enterprise must travel in order “To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before…”? When they get there, will Musk be there to greet them?)

        • Gingerbaker Says:

          Well, don’t forget that each of those reservations involves a $1000.00 charge to a credit card. Yes, it’s refundable, but, clearly, lots of people on the planet have a different taste in their mouths than you when it comes to Tesla and Elon Musk.

          People support Tesla believe they support its agenda, its philosophy, its business approach, its vision. And, quite frankly, the products they make are fracking impressive as heck. The Model 3 is one or two quanta superior to any EV even close to its price point.

          And so we come to the most unfortunate production problems. I find it a little odd – to say the least – that right after the Koch brothers say they are going to spend what it takes to derail electric vehicles, that Tesla suddenly has mysterious problems with suppliers and robotic machinery. I wonder if, down the road, we find out about some industrial espionage/ sabotage. 82 billion dollars will buy them almost anything they want.

          I also question whether the Bolt or the Volt is where the answer lies. GM – despite very encouraging sales of the Bolt (the Volt, tho, is dead in the water) – idled the factory that makes them. They hiked the price of the Opel Ampera by 6 grand and then told European dealers not to expect shipments for some time.

          You are absolutely correct to point out the huge advantage major car makers have over upstart Tesla as far as production capacity. But not only are they not very keen on actually manufacturing them, GM, Chrysler, Ford in America, at least, have not even word one to say about building charging station infrastructure. They like their bread buttered on both sides – that is difficult for me to defend.

        • Gingerbaker Says:

          Oh, btw, you might want to re-do some of that math. Tesla looks to deliver about 100,000 cars (mainly Models S and X) in 2017.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            Any thoughts on how the Repugnant’s plan to end the $2500 to $7500 tax credit for EV buyers is going to impact EV sales figures? Tesla’s?

            And where did you get the 100,000 figure? And do you realixe that the number of Model 3’s delivered is for all practical purposes ZERO?


            “Forward-Looking Statements
            Certain statements herein, including statements regarding future deliveries of Model S and Model X and production of Model 3, are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. Various important factors could cause actual results to differ materially, including the risks identified in our SEC filings. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update this information”.

  2. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/26/smart-solar-greenhouse-generates-electricity-grows-food/

    innovation is everywhere, cutting fossil fuel use and increasing efficiency and productivity

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