One of the pioneers of the automotive world, Mercedes-Benz has used the Brisbane Truck Show to showcase two of it’s cutting edge all electric trucks for the first time in Australia.
The two groundbreaking trucks, naturally produce zero local emissions, and have taken star billing on the Mercedes-Benz stand at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The electric Mercedes- Benz eActros is focused on heavy-duty short radius distribution, and development trucks have been working away in select fleets in Europe since 2018.
The other Mercedes ZE truck is the electric eEconic, which adds to the positives of the diesel Econic, which Benz developed from the ground-up to work in densely populated areas and boasts strong visibility, practicality and active safety features.
Mercedes said that both trucks are technology leaders and have impressed European customers with their advanced design, strong performance and efficiency.
Mercedes-Benz Australia says it will soon begin a local validation program for both trucks.
Daimler Truck already has considerable experience with electric trucks in Australia, as It was the first manufacturer to launch an all-electric truck when Fuso introduced the pioneering eCanter locally in 2021.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks Australia Pacific Director, Andrew Assimo, said he was thrilled to present the eActros and eEconic in Australia.
“The local debut of the eActros and eEconic represent the start of a new chapter for sustainable road transport in our region and the excitement around both of these vehicles is unprecedented,” says Assimo.
“The innovative eActros and eEconic will help our customers reduce transport carbon emissions in a practical way. We know the drivers will also welcome them because anyone who has had a taste of these incredible trucks comes away with a smile on their face,” Assimo added.
An eActros and eEconic validation program will begin soon accrioding to Mercedes and is designed to ensure the eActros specification is tailored for the unique conditions of Australia and New Zealand and meets the specific requirements of local customers according to the company.
Mercedes says that Initially, four eActros trucks will get to work in Australia and one unit will hit the road in New Zealand, with additional units to follow. Two eEconic trucks will operate in Australia as part of the test program and one in New Zealand.
While Mercedes-Benz Trucks is clearly keen to move forward with battery electric technology, it also says it is proud to help traditional internal combustion engine customers drive down their emissions.