After the market launch of the eActros for heavy distribution transport in 2021, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is systematically continuing the introduction of additional battery-electric models for this year and the years to come. For the important long-haul segment, the eActros LongHaul, with a range of approximately 500 kilometers (311 miles) on a single battery charge, is program be ready for mass production in 2024. The eActros LongHaul will also enable high-performance megawatt charging.
Early prototypes of the 40-tonne truck are already undergoing internal testing, and Mercedes-Benz Trucks engineers plan to begin testing the electric truck on public roads this year.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks is also preparing additional variants of the eActros, in particular the eActros 300 and eActros 400, and as early as July the eEconic for municipal use is expected to roll off the production line at the Wörth as the second all-electric production vehicle. Mercedes-Benz Trucks aims to increase CO locally2– more than 50% neutral new vehicles in Europe by 2030.
In order to introduce e-mobility to truck customers from all over Europe, the manufacturer is organizing an event lasting several weeks around the Wörth site from the beginning of June. Experts from Mercedes-Benz Trucks will inform a total of around 1,000 participants on central aspects of e-mobility, infrastructure and services to electric models. Additionally, customers will be able to drive the eActros 300 on demanding routes and with realistic payloads.
In the field of depot charging, Mercedes-Benz Trucks works together with Siemens Smart Infrastructure, ENGIE and EVBox Group. In terms of public pricing for long-distance transport, Daimler Truck, TRATON GROUP and the Volvo Group have signed a binding agreement to create a joint venture. This will enable the development and operation of an efficient public charging network for long-haul heavy goods vehicles and battery-electric coaches in Europe. The charging network of these three parties will be available to fleet operators in Europe, regardless of brand.
The aim of the High-Performance Charging in Long-Haul Truck Transport (HoLa) project, with the participation of Daimler Truck and under the aegis of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), is to plan, build and to operate an efficient charging infrastructure for long-distance battery-electric truck transport. Two high-performance charging points with the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) are to be erected at each of the four sites in Germany and tested in real applications. Various other consortium partners from industry and research are involved in the project.