Daimler Truck shows eActros LongHaul prototype

Daimler Truck has built the first prototypes of the battery-electric long-distance truck eActros LongHaul and plans to test them on public roads this year. In addition, the truck manufacturer has announced further variants of the eActros for distribution transport.

The eActros is an electric truck for distribution transport, delivered since the end of February 2022. Visually, this model is hardly distinguishable from the familiar ICE Actros.

Daimler Trucks gave a first preview of the eActros LongHaul with an aerodynamically optimized front in September 2020 as the GenH2 hydrogen concept. The electric 40-tonne truck for the long-haul segment is to be ready for series production in 2024 with a range of around 500 kilometers.

According to Daimler Truck, the first prototypes of this model have now been built. These vehicles are currently undergoing initial tests and will be tested on public roads before the end of the year.

Megawatt charging

The eActros LongHaul will enable high-performance charging – so-called “megawatt charging”. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is also preparing additional variants of the eActros – specifically of the eActros 300 and the eActros 400 – and, as early as July, the eEconic for municipal use is scheduled to roll off the production line at the Wörth plant as the second all-electric series production vehicle. The goal of Mercedes-Benz Trucks is to increase the share of locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in Europe to more than 50 percent by 2030.

The two variants available so far are different in terms of the battery: the 300 has three battery packs with 112 kWh gross (97 kWh net), and the 400 has four. Each module provides a standard range of around 100 kilometers. Daimler Truck does not specify how the new variants will differ from the two known versions.

MirrorCam

However, what is clear is that the eActros has been equipped with the second generation of MirrorCam since April. This is supposed to offer improvements in display and safety, as “the perspective of the MirrorCam is now even more similar to that of the familiar glass mirror”. The second generation can be recognized by the camera arms, which are about ten centimeters shorter

eEconic.

There are also two pieces of news about the eEconic: the battery-electric truck for municipal use will be exhibited for the first time at a trade fair these days at IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste, and raw materials management, in Munich. According to the press release, the start of series production is scheduled for July 2022.

CO2-neutral is the ultimate goal

Daimler Truck’s ambition is to only offer new vehicles in Europe, Japan, and North America that are CO2-neutral in operation (”tank-to-wheel”) by 2039. The two battery-electric models, Mercedes-Benz eCitaro and Mercedes-Benz eActros, have already been rolling off the assembly line in series production since 2018 and 2021.

The Mercedes-Benz eEconic, the FUSO eCanter, and the Freightliner eCascadia will follow later this year, and additional locally CO2-neutral vehicles are already planned. In the second half of this decade, the company plans to supplement further its range of vehicles with series-produced vehicles powered by hydrogen-based fuel cells. Putting CO2-neutral transportation on the road by 2050 is the ultimate goal.

The eEconic production will start this summer /Daimler Truck.

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