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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

First Prototypes of the eActros LongHaul Truck Built for Testing

Mercedes-Benz Trucks will introduce additional battery-electric models for Heavy Trucking, including for the essential long-haul segment. The eActros LongHaul, with a range of around 500 kilometers on one battery charge, is scheduled to be ready for series production in 2024. The first prototypes of the 40-ton truck are already undergoing internal tests and Mercedes-Benz Trucks' engineers are planning to start trials of the e-truck on public roads this year. The eActros LongHaul will enable high-performance charging - so-called "megawatt charging". Mercedes-Benz Trucks is also preparing additional variants of the eActros – specifically of the eActros 300 and the eActros 400 – and, as early as July, the eEconic for municipal use is scheduled to roll off the production line at the Wörth plant as the second all-electric series production vehicle. The company says their goal is to increase the share of locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in Europe to more than 50 percent by 2030.

In order to further introduce truck customers from all over Europe to e-mobility, the manufacturer is organizing an event lasting several weeks around the Wörth site starting in early June. Experts from Mercedes-Benz Trucks will inform a total of some 1,000 participants on the central aspects of e-mobility, from infrastructure and services to electric models.

"Customers are sending a strong signal to all stakeholders to combine efforts and quickly put more and more electric trucks on the road, expand the charging infrastructure and create cost parity." Said Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Engaging with partners for charging infrastructure

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is working together with Siemens Smart Infrastructure, ENGIE and EVBox Group in depot charging. Daimler Truck, TRATON GROUP, and the Volvo Group have signed a binding agreement to establish a joint venture in public charging for long-distance transport. This will develop and operate a public, high-performance charging network for battery-electric heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches in Europe. The charging network of these three parties will be available to fleet operators in Europe regardless of brand.

The goal 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, erect and operate a select high-performance charging infrastructure for battery-electric long-haul truck transport. Two high-performance charging points with the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) are to be erected at each of four locations in Germany and tested in real-world applications. In addition, various other consortium partners from industry and research are involved in the project.

Daimler Truck's ambition is to only offer new vehicles in Europe, Japan, and North America that are CO2-neutral in operation (" tank-to-wheel") by 2039. The two battery-electric models Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and Mercedes-Benz eActros have already been rolling off the assembly line in series production since 2018 and 2021 respectively. The Mercedes-Benz eEconic, the FUSO eCanter and the Freightliner eCascadia will follow later this year, and additional locally CO2-neutral vehicles are already planned. In the second half of this decade, the company plans to further supplement its range of vehicles with series-produced vehicles powered by hydrogen-based fuel cells. Putting CO2-neutral transportation on the road by 2050 is the ultimate goal.

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