Mercedes-Benz Trucks has sent another fully-electric eActros onto the streets.
The heavy-duty truck will now be put through its paces in regular operations; primarily transporting foodstuffs in the inner-city traffic of Frankfurt, Germany.
With a daily travel route distance of around 200 km, the 25-tonne truck will be driven once a day, making full use of its range of around 200 km with a single charge. The batteries will be charged overnight.
The energy powering the eActros comes from lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 240 kWh. Depending on the available capacity, fully charging takes around two hours (at 150 kW). The truck features a refrigerated swap-body from Schmitz Cargobull, which allows for energy-efficient transport of the chilled produce.
Rigterink, one of 20 customers from various sectors who have integrated the electric truck into their fleets, will operate a near-series version of either the 18 or 25-tonne variant for around a year and will test the respective vehicle for its suitability in daily operations.
The aim is to make emission-free and quiet driving in urban areas possible with heavy-duty trucks from 2021 onward. The test series is broken down into two phases, each with ten customers. The first eActros of the so-called “innovation fleet” is in operation with a customer since September 2018.
The development and testing of the heavy-duty electric truck in short-radius distribution operations is sponsored as part of the “Concept ELV²” project to varying degrees by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).