Truck manufacturer Scania presented its fully electric truck last week.

DAF recently gave its electric truck a longer driving range, while Daimler recently lifted a glimpse of the veil of its upcoming hydrogen truck.

Electric trucks are becoming increasingly important for stocking shops in urban areas, as more and more (local) governments are banning diesel vehicles from city centers and other areas.

There are already 274 environmental zones in 11 different European countries, says Scania.

Due to the low noise level, electric trucks also offer opportunities for supplies outside normal hours.

For example, stores could now also be stocked at night or earlier in the morning.

In a city like Stockholm, trucks are not welcome between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. due to the emission and noise pollution.

Driving range of up to 250 kilometers

The new electric powertrain at Scania is available for the L and P series cabs and consists of five or nine battery packs.

If you go for the maximum number, then you have a total battery capacity of 300 kWh, which, according to the manufacturer, will take you a maximum of 250 kilometers.

As a transport company, if you stick to five batteries, you will get about 130 kilometers away.

With a payload of 130 kW, the five units are full again in 55 minutes, says Scania.

For the larger battery pack you have to take a little more than an hour and a half.

Earlier this month, competitor DAF announced that it had equipped its CF Electric with a new battery pack, which has doubled the driving range of the electric truck to more than 200 kilometers.

In addition, the new generation battery pack results in significant weight savings.

The 350 kWh battery pack (of which 315 kWh can be used) is 700 kilos lighter than the outgoing one, which is entirely beneficial to the charging capacity of the CF Electric, which will be launched next year.

Charging the battery pack takes about 75 minutes with a power of 250 kW.

This decade of hydrogen trucks from Mercedes

They are also busy at Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.

In 2021, the manufacturer will launch the eActros.

The test sample had a range of 200 kilometers, but the production model has to come a lot further.

Daimler Trucks has not yet communicated a definitive number.

It is known that the so-called eActros LongHaul has to travel about 500 kilometers on one battery charge.

This truck is on the calendar for 2024.

The most important news last week, however, was the presentation of the GenH2 Truck, a study model with which the company gives a preview of its new hydrogen truck.

The first tests will start in 2023 and production should start in the second half of this decade.

The GenH2 Truck has two hydrogen tanks on board, each of which is good for 40 kilos of liquid hydrogen.

The fuel cell produces twice 150 kW, while a relatively small battery pack of 70 kWh can temporarily extract another 400 kW of power when needed.

Daimler Trucks is collaborating with Volvo Trucks in the development of hydrogen trucks, which offers the FL Electric in the field of electric trucks.

This copy has a range of approximately 300 kilometers.

Those are distribution kilometers, Volvo adds in fairness.

The GenH2 Truck has a futuristic appearance.

(Photo: Daimler)

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