Production of Mercedes eActros electric trucks starts this week
- Production of Mercedes-Benz eActros electric trucks starts this week, with two- and three-axle trucks with 315 or 420 kWh batteries.
- Four pre-production trucks have already been sent to real-world companies, including food delivery companies in Europe.
- EActros trucks can be fitted with three or four battery packs, each with a capacity of 105 kWh, giving them a maximum range of 249 miles on a full charge.
The first Mercedes-Benz eActros electric trucks are already on their way, with the automaker sending the first pre-production trucks from the truck plant in Wörth, Germany to the real world before series production begins later. this week. Four trucks assembled for testing at the production plant – itself slated for October 7 – will each perform very different jobs.
The eActros trucks, first unveiled in production form in late June earlier this year, are based on Daimler’s eArchitecture with a rigid electric axle with two integrated electric motors, as well as a two-speed transmission. The two motors themselves are positioned in the center of the rear axle, producing a continuous power of 330 kW and a maximum power of 400 kW. The eActros trucks will be powered by a choice of three of four battery packs with a capacity of 105 kWh each, each placed under the chassis. Thus, each truck will have enough batteries on board to offer a capacity of 315 or 420 kWh, the latter giving it a range of up to 400 kilometers, or 249 miles.
The trucks to be built will be built as two and three axles alongside their diesel-powered siblings at the Wörth plant, aiming for a gross weight of 19 or 27 tonnes (metric tonnes). As you can imagine, all that weight will do wonders for regenerative braking, which trucks will of course offer with a choice of five brake levels for the driver to choose. The recovered energy will go directly to the batteries, which will also run everything in the truck, including the air conditioning, lights and even a refrigerator body, if so equipped.
EActros trucks can be recharged with a standard CCS outlet at speeds of up to 160 kW, with an estimated charge time of 20-80% of just over an hour with rapid DC charging, when comes with three battery packs. This will allow commercial operators to refuel the trucks fairly quickly overnight or between day shifts.
“We have to recognize that transport is part of the problem when it comes to climate change,” said Karin Rådström, member of the board of directors of Daimler Truck AG. “At the same time, we can and will be part of the solution. We start with our eActros. We developed this truck with our customers, and we tested it together, in total over half a million kilometers on public roads. . The eActros and its dedicated services are a big step for Mercedes-Benz Trucks and for our customers towards CO2 neutral transport.
Of the four pre-production trucks that have already been shipped to real-world companies, an eActros has joined food logistics service provider Simon Loos in the Netherlands, with a refrigerated box. This particular truck will make deliveries for the Albert Heijn supermarket chain, starting daily at the Heijn regional distribution center in the town of Delfgauw in the south of the country. Based there, the truck will supply supermarkets in several cities, including The Hague, Rotterdam and Delft, traveling up to 300 kilometers every day, seven days a week. The truck will charge overnight at a fast-charging station at its base in Delfgauw.
“The first thing you think about is: the engine is not turned on. Other truck and car drivers are really surprised that it can keep up with traffic so well,” said Guillaume Fortanier, driver of Simon Loos. “What I mean by that is it pulls away like a normal car. I’m especially proud to have had the chance to drive the vehicle.”
A second pre-production eActros will work for Tevex Logistics, delivering food and traveling up to 600 kilometers each day in East Westphalia.
The third truck will work for a waste disposal company in Cologne, Germany, while a fourth will work for Logistik Schmitt, traveling between Rastatt and Gaggenau, Germany in three shifts. Mercedes says this particular truck will haul gearboxes to Rastatt and return with axle components to Gaggenau, covering up to 300 kilometers, or 186 miles, per day.
“A first prototype of the battery-powered eActros has been the subject of intensive field tests in our company since July 2019 and has clearly proven its worth,” Rainer Schmitt, Managing Partner of Logistik Schmitt. “This vehicle has reliably traveled approximately 70,000 kilometers to date in all weather conditions, carrying a total of over 137,000 load units on just under 7,000 trips. In doing so, it transported more than 40,000 tonnes of freight. We are very happy that the prototype is now replaced by an eActros close to the series. “
The eActros will be offered in Europe for the time being, with Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler not announcing any plans to launch in North America. But it has more to do with the design and parameters of these particular Actros trucks. Daimler’s Freightliner eCascadia semi-truck, on the other hand, is tailored to the needs of North American customers. So this is where fleet customers will need to look for electric trucks on the Atlantic side.
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