Mercedes-Benz Trucks is ready to enhance its electric truck portfolio. The eActros Long Haul is indeed taking shape: we will supposedly see it in Hannover during the IAA Transportation event in September this year. According to the schedule released by the German manufacturer, the electric truck for long haul transportation will hit the road by the end of this year as for tests, with the aim to start series production by 2024. The eActros Long Haul is expected to have a range of 500 km on one battery charge, as well as 40 ton total weight. The truck will also enable the so-called megawatt charging, in order to charge the batteries at higher speed.
The eActros Long Haul as another step of MB Trucks electrification path
As our readers may know, 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 goal of Mercedes-Benz Trucks is to increase the share of locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in Europe to more than 50 percent by 2030.
“The tremendous interest in our eActros driving event in Wörth is further proof of the popularity e-mobility is already gaining with customers. Customers are thus 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”, stated Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Depot and public charging: the ongoing projects
Additionally, MB Trucks is working together with Siemens Smart Infrastructure, ENGIE and EVBox Group as for depot charging. In terms of public charging for long-distance transport, Daimler Truck, TRATON GROUP and the Volvo Group have signed a binding agreement to establish a joint venture. This will provide for the development and operation of 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.