Mercedes-Benz Trucks officially announced that the eActros long haul prototype will be on display in September at IAA Transportation, the long-awaited major European event that will come back after the pandemic break. Sustainable Truck&Van indeed anticipated the news last week in this post, where we wrote that the very first prototypes will be produced in 2022, while we won’t see the truck on the road before 2024. MB Trucks stated that the eActros LongHaul to be shown at IAA provides a preview of the design theme of the series-production vehicle.
The eActros long haul: 500 km range
On a single battery charge the eActros LongHaul will have a range of around 500 kilometers. The e-truck will enable high-performance charging, or so-called megawatt charging. “The electrification of heavy long-distance transport is the next milestone on our road to CO2-neutrality. 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”, commented Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
The batteries used in the eActros LongHaul employ lithium-iron phosphate cell technology (LFP). These are characterized, above all, by a long service life and more usable energy. The batteries can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in well under 30 minutes at a charging station with an output of about one megawatt. The long range on a single charge in combination with megawatt charging results in overall ranges on a par with conventional trucks and thus enables two-shift operations.
The core of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks concept for battery-electric long-distance transport is to offer customers a holistic solution consisting of vehicle technology, consulting, charging infrastructure and services.