Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ electro-mobility solutions has won the 2021 Truck Innovation Award.
The accolade goes to Mercedes for its eActros battery-electric heavy-duty truck (BEV), which is planned to go into series production in 2021, and its GenH2 Truck (pictured), a hydrogen-based fuel-cell electric concept truck (FCEV), which will start operational customer trials in 2023.
The prestigious award was symbolically handed over to Martin Daum, chairman of the board of management, Daimler Truck AG and Sven Ennerst, head of Daimler Trucks product engineering.
The Truck Innovation trophy, which acknowledges both the enormous technological changes and the energy transition that are taking place within the automotive sector, was awarded by the International Truck of the Year (IToY) jury, a group of 25 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing major trucking magazines. With a winning score of 128 votes, Mercedes’ electric trucks fought off competition from Volvo Trucks’ heavy-duty BEV concepts and DAF’s 2nd Generation CF Electric.
Summing up the jury vote, IToY chairman Gianenrico Griffini commented: “Shaping CO2 neutral transport requires the swift development of battery-electric and fuel cell trucks. This development needs to be supported by a long-term electro-mobility strategy, which is precisely what Mercedes-Benz Trucks is doing.”