Logistics service provider Dachser and Mercedes-Benz Trucks signed a letter of intent for the purchase of 50 eActros LongHaul, the brand-new electric truck for long haul transportation introduced by Mercedes-Benz Trucks at the last IAA Transportation. The e-truck with 500 km range will be ready for series production by 2024, according to the manufacturer.
Dachser intends to use the eActros LongHaul configured as a 6×2 swap body vehicle with a storage height of 1,120 mm, thus significantly expanding its electric vehicle fleet. Dachser has been using battery electric vehicles such as the FUSO eCanter and the eActros since 2018 as part of its sustainable urban delivery concept “Dachser Emission-Free Delivery”.
In eleven European cities, battery electric vans and trucks deliver all consignments locally CO2-neutral as standard in a defined inner-city area. On the last mile, Dachser also uses electrically supported cargo bikes to distribute the consignments. The pilot project in Stuttgart was the winner of the “Sustainable Urban Logistics” competition of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Federal Environment Agency in 2018.
The eActros LongHaul as a further step for Dachser
“We have had very good experiences in city logistics with the performance of BEV vehicles. It was therefore logical to take the next step – long-distance driving – together with Mercedes-Benz Trucks,” said Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Dachser.
Stina Fagerman, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, added: “Dachser is a very valuable customer for us in sustainable transport. Dachser was already a committed testing partner during the development of the eActros 300/400 for heavy-duty distribution transport. We are all the more pleased that the logistics company is now also planning to rely on the eActros LongHaul in the next step, reinforcing our e-strategy.”