The company built several variants with gross vehicle weights of up to 25 metric tons and electric range up to 124 miles.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks has launched a fleet testing program for its all-electric truck, known as the eActros.
The company claims to be the first manufacturer in the world with a heavy-duty electric truck, building ten vehicles in two variations with gross vehicle weight ratings of up to 25 metric tons.
The eActros employs a ZF-sourced drive axle that has already been used in hybrid and fuel-cell buses. It has been revamped for higher ground clearance, with two electric motors located close to the rear-axle wheel hubs. Each provides 168 horsepower and 358 pound-feet of torque.
"The gearing ratios convert this into 11,000 Nm (8,113 pound-feet) each, resulting in driving performance on a par with that of a diesel truck," the automaker says.
Witha 240-kilowatt-hour battery pack -- also borrowed from a bus -- the eActros boasts a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge.
The experimental fleet will be used by customers for day-to-day operational testing. Mercedes-Benz Trucks says the EVs "could go into series production by 2021."