Daimler Truck starts production of the second electric truck, the eEconic

BERLIN (Reuters) – Daimler Truck has started production of its second electric model, an inner-city waste disposal truck named eEconic, the company said on Friday, as it seeks to capture market share in the European market for electric trucks, small but growing.

The vehicle will be produced at the same site as the truck and bus manufacturer’s first electric model, the heavy-duty eActros, in Woerth, Rhineland-Palatinate.

The first eEconic trucks will be sold to a Danish waste disposal company, with further deliveries planned this year, Daimler Truck said. The first handovers of the eActros took place in February this year.

Like the eActros, the new truck will cost around three times its diesel equivalent. Chief executive Martin Daum said the electric models will cost the driver about the same in the long run due to lower fuel costs.

(Reporting by Victoria Waldersee; Editing by Mark Potter)