Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ eActros LongHaul, the brand-new version of the first electric truck serially produced by the German manufacturer, will be tested by Amazon and Rhenus from 2023 onwards. The two companies signed a declaration of intent to test the truck in real-world operations. Indeed, the eActros LongHaul will be launched during the IAA 2022 in Hanover in the next few days (stay tuned!).
More into details, the logistics service provider Rhenus will use the e-truck in many different business areas in order to be able to gain as much experience as possible. To this end the vehicle will be tested, among other applications, in the transport of sea containers and with a tarpaulin trailer for its functionality and suitability for use in daily operations.
Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul: the tests as part of a project
Amazon and Rhenus are planning to test the eActros LongHaul as part of the test project “High performance charging for long-haul trucking” (HoLa), under the auspices of the VDA. The aim of HoLa is the development, operation and scientific support of a high-performance charging infrastructure for battery-powered long-distance transport. In addition to Daimler Truck, other consortium partners from industry and research are involved in the project. The eActros LongHaul will have a range of around 500 kilometers on a single battery charge and is capable of high-performance charging.
“As with all our e-trucks, we will rely on early practical tests with customers for our eActros LongHaul. By doing so our engineers will be able to incorporate valuable knowledge gained from real-world operations – especially with regard to high-performance charging – directly into the development of the series-production vehicle. We are very pleased with the planned partnerships with Amazon and Rhenus”, stated Michael Scheib, Head of Product Management, Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Andreas Marschner, Vice President, Amazon Transportation Services, added: “Amazon has pledged to become carbon neutral across the company by 2040, i.e. net zero. Transport is a core element on this journey. Due to today’s range constraints of batteries, recharging is a key challenge that we need to tackle. Building high power charging solutions is a promising approach and we are excited to test it with our partners”.