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>> Daimler stepping up its game when it comes to putting electric trucks on the road in the US, racing to beat out other auto makers and capture the market. The German auto company's Mitsubishi Fuso unit, Thursday, unveiling the so-called eCanter trucks. I'm Khan Wiggins in New York. This all electric delivery truck is built specifically for the urban city.
Now, it can travel at about a speed of up to 55 miles per hour. It can go a distance of about 60 miles before it has to be plugged in. And so it carries a payload of about 9,000 pounds. Now, that is about 10% less than a traditional diesel truck, but Daimler is hoping that companies will see the value in being able to still deliver a lot of packages, but with zero emissions.
Daimler is not alone. Tesla's planning to unveil a semi-truck next month that has the potential of going three times as far on a single charge. But experts say Daimler's on to something. These mini-trucks are small enough to double-park on a city street, and better yet, maneuver around other parked cars, something every delivery guy in the big city knows you just have to do.
And unlike Tesla's trucks, which are still a hypothetical after being delayed, Daimler's trucks, with their batteries and charging ports on the side are set to be put to the real test. Among others, UPS as already signed on says UPS executive Carlton Rose.>> And we're gonna test their product.
We've agreed to get three of their vehicles, and we'll put them in our duty cycle and see how they do.>> But these trucks don't come cheap. Daimler wouldn't give an exact price, but said they're 10 to 20% more expensive than their diesel counterparts. Sticker shock aside, one thing that could convince companies to get on board, electric trucks are much quieter.
So these trucks can make nighttime deliveries, avoiding costly day trips and bumper to bumper traffic with the added benefit of not waking up the neighbors.