Mercedes-Benz Trucks launched the LongHaul version of its eActros BEV truck last week at IAA in Hanover. There, the first relevant pre-order was taken: Hegelmann Group signed a letter of intent for 50 electric trucks. The vehicles are to be delivered to the family-owned company from Bruchsal, Germany with the start of series production in 2024.
Mercedes’ eActros LongHaul: the main features of the concept truck
On a single battery charge the eActros LongHaul will have a range of around 500 kilometers. Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ development engineers are designing the eActros LongHaul for the same vehicle and component durability requirements as a comparable conventional heavy-duty long-haul Actros. The eActros LongHaul uses batteries with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cell technology. Above all, these are characterized by a long service life and more usable energy. Three battery packs deliver a total installed capacity of more than 600 kWh and two electric motors, as part of a new eAxle, generate a continuous output of 400 kW with a peak output of more than 600 kW.
The very first tests on public roads
Following its presentation at the IAA in Hanover, the eActros LongHaul will be tested on public roads for the first time this year. Intensive customer testing with near-series production ready prototypes is also planned for 2023. In this context, letters of intent were already signed with Amazon and Rhenus in September.
Stina Fagerman, Head of Sales, Marketing and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, commented: “To make transportation sustainable and emission-free for the future, we need many strong partners at our side. Therefore, we are very pleased about this agreement and the confidence of the Hegelmann Group in the Mercedes-Benz Trucks brand.”
Siegfried Hegelmann, Managing Shareholder at the Hegelmann Group, added: “The greater the success, the greater the responsibility. We are open to challenges and at the same time we strive for sustainability in our industry.”