At IAA 2016 Mercedes-Benz Trucks was the first manufacturer in the world to present a heavy electric truck. The technology leader has now taken the next step with the completely enhanced eActros, which celebrated its world premiere in 2018: All ten eActros of the so-called innovation fleet are in customer hands and are put through their paces in real-world use.
About two years of field testing with customers – series-production trucks starting in 2021
Customers from various industries are each integrating an eActros into their vehicle fleet. They choose to use either a close-to-production 18- or 25-ton truck in real-world operations to test it for its suitability for everyday use. The goal of Mercedes-Benz Trucks is to realize locally emission-free and quiet driving in cities as of the year 2021, including with series-production heavy trucks. The test is divided into two phases and will take a total of about two years. The development and testing of heavy electric trucks in distribution transport is taking place under the "Concept ELV²" project, with various parts funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
eActros replaces conventional diesel-powered trucks
All test customers transport goods in distribution and use the eActros for tasks that would otherwise be done with conventional diesel drives - but in completely different industries and categories. The portfolio ranges from foodstuffs to building and other materials. In the case of the truck bodies, the variants range from refrigerated to dry boxes, silos and tarpaulins.
Architecture fully derived around electric power
The eActros is based on the framework of the Mercedes-Benz Actros. In addition, however, the vehicle architecture is completely geared to the electric drive and has a high proportion of specific parts. Two electric motors close to the hubs of the rear axle form the drive with an output of 126 kW each and a maximum torque of 485 Newton meters each. This translates to 11,000 Newton meters -- performance equal to that of a conventional truck. 240 kWh lithium-ion batteries provide power for the eActros, which is ideally designed for urban distribution with a range of up to 200 kilometers. Depending on the available charging power, the batteries can be fully charged within two hours (at 150 kW).