The start of production for the much-anticipated Mercedes-Benz has arrived.

The German manufacturer’s battery-powered truck premiered in June.

However, the first series-production models now have rolled off the line in Germany.

Specifically, the trucks will be produced at the Mercedes-Benz’ Future Truck Centre in Wörth.

The eEconic will be built at the same site, with production set for late 2022.

In addition, Wörth will also be used for eActros LongHaul from late 2024.

Karin Rådström, from Mercedes-Benz, hailed eActros’ start of production.

“Today’s start of eActros series production is solid proof that we’re serious about zero-emission transport.

“The eActros is a major step for us and for our customers towards CO2-neutral road haulage. 

“The vehicle also has a very special significance for the Wörth plant.”

Meanwhile, Sven Gräble, head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks operations, explained the “immense change” for production.

“The start of production is not an everyday ramp-up for us, but a new beginning.

“Our so-called fullflex concept makes it possible to integrate the e-trucks into the existing production. 

“Therefore, the plant is able to efficiently and quickly adapt to market demand.

Meanwhile, in other EV truck news, Urby has acquired 20 D Z.E. vehicles from Renault Trucks.

The trucks will be used for urban distribution across 15 French cities from 2022.

The 4×2 16-tonne trucks were chosen due to the technologies used.

In addition, Urby cited the operating range of the trucks and the maintenance network. 

“We believe that the future of the delivery business lies in green solutions,” explained Urby’s Frédéric Delaval.

“Our objective is to reinvent, and even revitalise, the delivery of goods from an environmental point of view.”