Mercedes eActros expands client tests to Netherlands and Belgium
After ten customers actively testing the full-electric Mercedes eActros truck for over a year in Germany and Switzerland, its test-area is expanding to the Netherlands and Belgium. To start Dutch supplier of the Albert Heijn supermarkets, Simon Loos will use a 25-ton eActros daily for 200 km delivery trips out of the AH distribution center in Delfgauw (South Holland).
The first one delivered to Loos is equipped with refrigeration to provide fresh and dry goods, as well as temperature-controlled products. The truck will be running seven days a week to supply AH supermarkets in the region, including Rotterdam and The Hague, covering some 200 km a day. Charging will be done overnight or between stops. Which partner will test the eActros in Belgium wasn’t unveiled yet.
Eight drivers of Simon Loos got a specific ‘safety and awareness training’ for it so far. The training focuses, among others, on the particular dangers of high-voltage, but also the use of the specific functions of the truck, dealing with fault messages, or regenerating energy during driving.
The full-electric version is built on the chassis of the regular Mercedes Actros truck. It has two electromotors on the wheels of the rear axle, each delivering 126 kW (171 hp), and a maximum torque of 485 Nm.
240 kWh battery pack
This results, according to the manufacturer, in 11 000 Nm each after the transmission ratio, providing performance equivalent to that of a conventional truck.. The lithium-ion battery pack of 240 kWh can be recharged – dependent on the available charging infrastructure – within two hours completely at 150 kW.
The cool swap body of the eActros used by Simon Loos is the W.KO COOL model from Schmitz Cargobull, a company that delivered most bodies for the first test phase in Germany and Switzerland too.
According to Mercedes Trucks, “it has optimized insulation for the energy-efficient transport of refrigerated goods, and its robust construction is ideal for intensive daily use. The purely electrically operated refrigeration unit is completely emission-free in use, and is specially designed for distribution transport.”
In no way inferior to a diesel truck
Mercedes Trucks says that one of the most significant findings of the first test series is that the eActros with its 200 km range “has proven to be realistic – regardless of load, route, or topography.”
“The eActros is in no way inferior to a conventional diesel truck in terms of availability and performance in urban traffic, on highways, or overland routes. The cooling system for the cargo and the air-conditioning system – both electrically operated – functioned without any limitations in both extreme heat and winter conditions.”
It turned out the drivers appreciated, especially the continuously available torque at all speeds, smooth driving characteristics, and the quietness of the truck. When the regenerative braking is used to recover electric energy, the brake pedal is hardly needed to be used in regular traffic.