With a global digital event to be broadcasted on June 30, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will introduce its battery-powered eActros truck for heavy-duty distribution. This is going to be quite an important milestone, as the vehicle will be the first series-produced electric truck in the Mercedes-Benz range. Karin Rådström, member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, and Andreas von Wallfeld, Head of Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz Trucks, will host the web event and, of course, we’ll keep you up-to-date very soon.
Mercedes-Benz eActros: series production in the second half of 2021
According to the star logo manufacturer, «series production of the eActros is scheduled to begin at the Wörth am Rhein plant in the second half of this year. During the development of the series-production vehicle, the developers at Mercedes-Benz Trucks have particularly focused on the ‘customer co-creation’ aspect, in which truck customers are closely involved in the product’s development. Therefore, prototypes of the eActros already went into intensive customer testing in 2018. This enabled the experts at Mercedes-Benz Trucks to take the customer feedback regarding the electric truck into account early on and directly incorporate it into the vehicle’s development. To date, the prototypes have driven more than half a million kilometres on public roads».
The story so far…
«We first presented a concept for a heavy-duty electric truck back in 2016. Only two years later, we put our thoroughly further developed prototypes to a tough test at renowned customers», said Andreas von Wallfeld. «The eActros that we will now unveil is the final result of all the experience we gained on the road and on test rigs. It is a reflection of the innovative strength of our Mercedes-Benz brand when it comes to alternative drive systems. At the same time, the vehicle is also the result of our close and intensive cooperation with our customers».
More into details, ten eActros prototypes have been hitting the road since 2018 in Germany and other European countries. In two test phases, almost 20 test customers used an eActros instead of a conventional truck in their fleets. In both the 18-ton and 25-ton versions, the eActros fulfilled various challenging tasks in a variety of sectors.
«No way inferior to a conventional diesel truck»
«Even before the continuous operation of the prototypes has been completed, it has become clear that the eActros is in no way inferior to a conventional diesel truck in terms of availability and performance in urban traffic, on highways or on overland routes. Drivers are very pleased with the continuous availability of torque over the entire speed range. They also report in particular on the quiet driving style and a pleasant, smooth driving experience. In addition, when driving with foresight, electrical energy can be recovered through recuperation», stated Mercedes-Benz Trucks.