From horse-drawn carts to trucks – 100 years of moving with diesel trucks. In the moving industry, horse-drawn moving vans were still in use in many places until the middle of the last century. In the historical photos of the Hertling moving company you can see the horse-drawn carts used to carry out removals. It was not until 1896 that the first motor truck developed by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach was brought onto the market. Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine in 1893. But it wasn't until 1923 that the first series-production DIESEL truck from Benz & Cie was available. on the market. In the other picture from around 1930 you can see a diesel tractor pulling a Hertling horse-drawn furniture cart that was once pulled by horses. Diesel engines are very modern these days and pollutant emissions are extremely reduced compared to before. But will “the diesel” soon be history again and replaced by alternative drive technologies such as electric, hydrogen combustion or fuel cell technology, especially in the heavy and long-distance transport sector?