Mercedes-Benz Trucks reveals long-range eActros

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 19 Sep 2022


Mercedes-Benz Trucks, which launched the eActros for heavy-duty distribution transport in 2021, has revealed its next step in battery-powered heavy-duty long-haul transport: the eActros LongHaul.

In terms of payload, distance and routes, heavy-duty long-haul transport is the most demanding segment in road freight transport. At the same time, there is great potential here to reduce CO2 emissions.

The company is presenting the eActros LongHaul, announced in 2020, for the first time at the IAA Transportation 2022 in Hanover. With clear contours and an LED light strip in the front area, the vehicle provides a preview of the design language of the series-production vehicle. The first prototypes have already undergone intensive tests and will next be tested on public roads this year. In the coming year, near-series prototypes will be sent to various customers for testing.

Three battery packs provide an installed total capacity of over 600 kWh. Two electric motors, as part of a new e-axle, generate a continuous output of 400 kW and a peak output of over 600 kW. In addition to the tractor unit,

Mercedes-Benz Trucks will also produce rigid variants of the eActros LongHaul right at market launch. This will offer customers numerous other possible use cases in fully electric transport. Development engineers at Mercedes-Benz Trucks are designing the eActros LongHaul so that the vehicle and its components meet the same durability requirements as a comparable conventional heavy long-distance Actros. That means 1.2 million kilometers on the road over a period of ten years.

The eActros LongHaul will be the first all-electric series-production vehicle from Mercedes-Benz Trucks to be manufactured from start to finish on the existing assembly line at the Wörth truck plant. This includes the installation of all electrical components and putting the vehicle into operation at the end of the line. It enables high-production capacity and the completely parallel production of both conventional and fully electric trucks on the same line. With the eActros 300/400 and the eEconic, on the other hand, electrification has so far taken place in a separate process at the Future Truck Center in Wörth.

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 of the production eActros LongHaul 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 Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul has also won the '2023 Truck Innovation Award'. The prestigious industry award is presented to particularly innovative trucks by the 'International Truck of the Year' (IToY) jury, which is made up of 25 experienced commercial vehicle journalists from important international media from Europe and other countries. 


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