Mercedes-Benz Trucks says it is able to launch a prototype of a battery electrical long-haul truck for carrying freight, which can be prepared for highway assessments later this 12 months for manufacturing in 2024.
The battery-electric eActros long-distance truck can be a part of Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ commerce present spotlight at this 12 months’s IAA Transportation in September in Hanover, Germany. Other producers akin to Tesla even have been plotting to construct battery-powered heavy-duty vehicles.
“The electrification of heavy long-distance transport is the next milestone on our road to CO2-neutrality,” mentioned Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “The eActros LongHaul is a battery-electric vehicle which is planned to be economically feasible for our customers. My team and I look forward to presenting this innovative truck to our customers and the public in September.”
Plans for truck moved shortly
Plans for the 40-ton truck had been first revealed in 2020 and the eActros LongHaul to be proven at IAA affords a preview of the design theme of the series-production automobile.
The first prototypes are already present process intensive testing and the eActros LongHaul can be examined on public roads this 12 months. In the approaching 12 months, near- manufacturing prototypes will go to clients for real-world use testing.
On a single battery cost the eActros LongHaul may have a variety of round 500 kilometers, or about 320 miles. The e-truck will allow high-performance charging — or so-called “megawatt charging.” The industrial introduction of the eActros LongHaul is scheduled for 2024.
In addition to the eActros LongHaul, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will current additional new battery-electric vehicles at IAA. The eActros for heavy-duty distribution transport has been in sequence manufacturing on the Wörth plant since October 2021.
The eEconic for municipal use will comply with in July. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is pursuing the aim of accelerating the proportion of domestically CO2-neutral new autos in Europe to greater than 50% by 2030.
New sort of battery key to EV truck
The batteries used within the eActros LongHaul make use of lithium-iron phosphate cell expertise (LFP). These are characterised, above all, by a protracted service life and extra usable power. The batteries may be charged from 20 to 80 % in effectively underneath half-hour at a charging station with an output of about one megawatt.
The lengthy vary on a single cost together with megawatt charging leads to general ranges on a par with typical vehicles and thus permits two-shift operations. The automobile can be characterised by a balanced driveline for a really nice driving expertise.
In addition, the eActros LongHaul options the producer’s quite a few security improvements. The core of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks idea for battery-electric long-distance transport is to supply clients a holistic resolution consisting of car expertise, consulting, charging infrastructure and providers. The eActros LongHaul ought to be the proper alternative for purchasers by way of profitability, sustainability and reliability.
The largest share of long-distance transport functions in transporters’ operational practices don’t require a variety past the roughly 500 kilometers the eActros LongHaul makes doable on a single cost.
In addition, authorized restrictions on the driving instances for truck drivers restrict the necessity for longer ranges, relying on the case. For instance, truck drivers within the EU should take a minimal of a 45-minute break after a most of 4.5 hours of driving. During this time power for the remaining route may be recharged. The eActros LongHaul is due to this fact the proper alternative for transport firms when used usually on routes that may be deliberate, given applicable distances and charging choices.