Following the start of production of the battery-powered eActros at the Wörth am Rhein factory in October, Mercedes-Benz Trucks places its first large order of 120 of these vehicles for the Swedish transport company Einride. This will distribute the fleet of the eActros 300 and eActros 400 models to customers in key European markets. From mid-2022, the manufacturer will begin delivering vehicles locally to be used in heavy distribution operations.
“With eActros, we have entered a new electric age in road freight transport. Our goal is to electrify more than half of our new vehicles in Europe by 2030. This major order demonstrates that the eActros is the right vehicle and supports us on the path to complete decarbonisation of the transport sector.”Karin Rådström, Member of the Board of Daimler Truck Holding AG, responsible for the Europe and Latin America regions and the Mercedes-Benz Truck brand, explains.
Recall that the eActros’ batteries can consist of three (eActros 300) or four battery packs (eActros 400) each with an installed capacity of 112 kWh and a usable capacity of approximately 97 kWh. Equipped with four battery packs, the eActros 400 can travel up to 400 kilometers. The technological heart of the electric truck is the drive unit, which consists of two integrated electric motors and a rigid electric axle with a two-speed gearbox. Two liquid-cooled motors provide 330 kW of continuous power and 400 kW of peak power. In addition, electrical energy can be recovered through recovery while it is anticipated. The energy recovered during braking is fed back into the eActros’ batteries and can then be used to power the vehicle again. The eActros can be loaded up to 160 kW. In a conventional DC fast-charging station with 400 A charging current, it takes just over an hour to charge three battery packs from 20 percent to 80 percent of their capacity.
A flexible production structure
The first mass-produced electric Actros rolled off the production line in Wörth am Rhein at the beginning of October 2021. Officially commissioned with this launch, Future Truck Center is the serial production center of Actros. ‘eActros. The eActros is flexibly produced on the existing assembly line with conventional powered trucks before being brought to the Truck Center of the Future for electrification. The assembly of different vehicle types at the Wörth plant will be integrated as fundamentally as possible and the basic vehicle structure will be built on a single assembly line, whether a conventional combustion engine or an electric powertrain is installed.
In the future, electrification of other carbon-neutral Mercedes-Benz trucks will also take place at the Future Truck Center. Developed for municipal use, mass production of eEconic is expected to start in the second half of 2022. The battery-powered eActros LongHaul for long-distance road transport is expected to be ready for mass production in 2024.