From 2022, Mercedes will be testing electric trucks with a range of 500 km

After the market launch eActros For heavy-duty distribution transport, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is pushing ahead with the introduction of additional battery models last year. For the long-distance segment, the eActros LongHaul with a range of around 500 kilometers on one battery charge. The first prototypes of the 40-ton truck are already undergoing tests, and the developers want to test the electric truck on public roads this year.

The eActros LongHaul is intended for high-performance charging, the so-called Megawatt-Charging, enable. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is preparing additional variants of the eActros and in July the eEconic for municipal use as the second all-electric series vehicle to roll off the assembly line at the Wörth plant. According to the company, the aim is to increase the proportion of locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in Europe to over 50 percent by 2030.

To introduce truck customers from Europe to electromobility, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is organizing an information event lasting several weeks at the Wörth location from June. “The great interest in our eActros driving event in Wörth is further proof of the popularity that e-mobility is already experiencing from customers. The customers are thus sending a strong signal to all those involved to quickly and jointly put more and more electric trucks on the road, expand the charging infrastructure and create cost parity,” says Karin Rådström, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

Daimler Truck is aiming to only offer new vehicles in Europe, Japan and North America by 2039 that are CO2-neutral when driving. Battery-electric versions of the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro city bus and the Mercedes-Benz eActros truck have been in series production since 2018 and 2021 respectively. Other locally CO2-neutral vehicles are to follow. Starting in the second half of the decade, Daimler Truck intends to add series vehicles to its range of vehicles with hydrogen fuel cell electric drive add to. “CO2-neutral transport on the roads by 2050 is the ultimate goal,” says the group.

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