Mercedes-Benz eActros and Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck win 2021 Truck Innovation Award

In Mercedes-Benz2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineDecember 2, 2020

The prestigious 2021 Truck Innovation Award has been given to two trucks from Mercedes-Benz: the battery-electric eActros and the fuel-cell concept Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck.

Twenty-five commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing major international trucking magazines, who are members of the International Truck of the Year (ITOY) jury, awarded Mercedes-Benz‘s electric trucks a winning score of 128 votes, beating the Volvo heavy-duty BEV concepts and DAF‘s second-generation CF Electric.

The Truck Innovation award acknowledges both the enormous technological changes and the energy transitions that are taking place within the automotive sector.

“Shaping CO2-neutral transport requires the swift development of battery-electric and fuel cell trucks,” said ITOY chairman Gianenrico Griffini. “This development needs to be supported by a long-term electro-mobility strategy, which is precisely what Mercedes-Benz Trucks is doing.”

Martin Daum, chairman of the board of management of Daimler Truck AG and member of the board of management of Daimler AG, said the company was honoured and proud that the renowned International Truck of the Year jury had recognised the eActros and GenH2 Truck with the prestigious 2021 Truck Innovation Award.

“This is 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.”