Mercedes-Benz Trucks says it is ready to launch a prototype battery-electric long-haul freight truck, which will be ready for road testing later this year for production in 2024.
The battery-electric eActros long-haul truck will become part of Mercedes-Benz Trucks the highlight of the trade show at this year’s IAA Transportation in September in Hannover, Germany. Other manufacturers such as Tesla have also plotted to build battery-powered heavy-duty trucks.
“The electrification of long-haul heavy transport is the next step on our road to CO2 neutrality,” said Karin Rådström, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “The eActros LongHaul is a battery electric vehicle that should be economically feasible for our customers. My team and I look forward to introducing this innovative truck to our customers and the public in September.”
Plans for the truck moved quickly
Plans for the 40-tonne truck were first revealed in 2020 and the eActros LongHaul that will be showcased at the IAA offers a preview of the production vehicle’s design theme.
The first prototypes are already undergoing intensive testing and the eActros LongHaul will be tested on public roads this year. Over the next year, near-production prototypes will be sent to customers for real-world usability testing.
On a single battery charge, the eActros LongHaul will have a range of approximately 500 kilometers, or approximately 320 miles. The electric truck will enable high-performance charging – or the so-called “megawatt charging”. The commercial introduction of the eActros LongHaul is planned for 2024.
In addition to the eActros LongHaul, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will present other new battery-electric trucks at the IAA. The eActros for heavy distribution transport has been in series production at the Wörth plant since October 2021.
The eEconic for municipal use will follow in July. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is pursuing the goal of increasing the proportion of locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in Europe to more than 50% by 2030.
New type electric truck battery key
The batteries used in the eActros LongHaul use lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cell technology. These are characterized above all by a long service life and more usable energy. Batteries can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes on a charging station with an output of around one megawatt.
The long range on a single charge in combination with megawatt charging gives overall ranges comparable to conventional trucks and thus enables two-shift operations. The vehicle is also characterized by a balanced drive train for a very pleasant driving experience.
In addition, the eActros LongHaul incorporates the manufacturer’s many safety innovations. The core of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks concept for battery-electric long-distance transport is to offer customers a total solution comprising vehicle technology, consulting, charging infrastructure and services. The eActros LongHaul should be the right choice for customers in terms of cost effectiveness, durability and reliability.
The majority of long-haul applications in carrier operational practices do not require a range beyond the approximately 500 kilometers that the eActros LongHaul allows on a single charge.
In addition, legal restrictions on the driving times of truck drivers limit the need for longer autonomy, depending on the case. For example, EU lorry drivers must take a break of at least 45 minutes after a maximum of 4.5 hours of driving. During this time, the energy for the remaining route can be recharged. The eActros LongHaul is therefore the right choice for transport companies when used regularly on routes that can be planned, given the appropriate distances and pricing options.