Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles division had reason to celebrate at the recent Fleet Transport Awards 2017, having been presented with the Truck Innovation Award for its Urban eTruck prototype vehicle.
Unveiled in Stuttgart earlier this year, the Urban eTruck is billed as the first fully electric truck with an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes and a range of up to 200 km – normally enough for a typical day's delivery round. Designed to be used in and around big cities, production is expected to begin in the early 2020s.
Accepting the award, Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales manager in Ireland, Fergus Conheady said that he was ‘proud to accept the award on behalf of the entire Mercedes-Benz organisation, in Ireland and worldwide’, adding: “The Urban eTruck prototype is a step towards a future that could see heavy trucks operating in urban environments with zero emissions and hardly a whisper”.
Now in its 10 year, the Fleet Transport Award’s Gala Dinner at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel honours best practice in Ireland’s road transport operations and services sectors. The event was attended by some 850 representatives from the transport industry and hosted by RTE personality, Marty Whelan.
Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle sales manager, Fergus Conheady (2nd left) is pictured receiving the Fleet Transport Truck Innovation Award 2017 for the Urban eTruck prototype. With him is Jarlath Sweeney, Fleet Transport; Fernando Vidal, Shell; David McCarthy, Triska Energy and Marty Whelan, Master of Ceremonies.