Mercedes-Benz was the first truck maker to come up with an urban cycle e-truck, in 2016. Now the first 10 units of the eActros trucks, rigids in two versions, 2-axle 18 tonners and 3-axle 25 tonners, will start road tests in commercial operations in urban distribution with selected customers in Germany and Switzerland
The trucks are powered off 240 kW lithium-ion batteries and have a single charge range of up to 200 kms. The batteries can be recharged within 3 to 11 hours via the Combined Charging system depending on the charge.
Stefan Buchner head of Mercedes–Benz LKW said that the trucks are equipped with different bodies according to the customers’ requirements. All drivers received special training. After 12 months testing with the first customers the trucks will undergo another 12 months of tests with different customers.
“Our aim is to achieve a serial and commercially competitive e-truck for urban distribution traffic by 2021,“ said Mr. Buchner. Daimler AG’s Board member Martin Damm said: Together with our customers we want to develop the eActros further technically and economically.
The project is supported with federal German subsidies to the tune of €10M. In particular wants to assess the safety of high voltage charging, operating range, durability, performance in summer and winter conditions, charging infrastructure requirements, and so on.