Stuttgart – The most innovative trucks for the electric future bear the three-pointed star – that’s the verdict of the renowned International Truck of the Year (IToY) jury, which awarded its prestigious 2021 Truck Innovation Award to two trucks from Mercedes-Benz: the battery-electric eActros and the fuel-cell concept Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck.
The IToY jury, consisting of 25 commercial-vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing major international trucking magazines, especially highlighted the comprehensive approach to electric mobility based on a clear-cut long-term strategy. The award was digitally handed over to Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, and Sven Ennerst, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG for Development, Procurement and the China Region, on November 30, 2020.
- International Truck of the Year (IToY) jury presents prestigious award to all-electric trucks from Mercedes-Benz, also praising the comprehensive approach to e-mobility
- Battery-electric eActros for urban distribution presented in 2018 and since then successful in intensive customer testing – series production planned for 2021
- Fuel-cell concept GenH2 Truck for demanding long-haul operation had its world premiere in September 2020 – customer trials planned to begin in 2023 and series production in the second half of this decade
- Award digitally handed over to Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, and Sven Ennerst, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG for Development, Procurement and the China Region
Daimler Trucks was the first manufacturer worldwide to present a heavy-duty electric truck with a concept for urban distribution in 2016. In 2018, the eActros prototype premiered and intensive customer trials started the same year. The series-production eActros planned for 2021 will have a range of well over 200 kilometers. In September 2020, Daimler Trucks presented the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, a fuel-cell concept truck for a range of up to 1,000 kilometers and more in its series version, for demanding long-haul transport. Customer trials are planned to begin in 2023 and the start of series production is planned for the second half of this decade.
Martin Daum: “We are honored and proud that the renowned International Truck of the Year jury has recognized our eActros and our GenH2 Truck with the prestigious 2021 Truck Innovation Award. This is a strong affirmation that we’re on the right track with our strategy clearly focusing on genuinely locally CO2-neutral technologies: battery power and hydrogen-based fuel cells. This combination enables us to offer our customers the best vehicle options, depending on the application. With the eActros, we have demonstrated in recent years that locally CO2-neutral urban distribution is already possible today. And with our GenH2 Truck, we have additionally presented our specific concept for heavy-duty fuel-cell trucks to perform flexible and demanding long-distance haulage.”