Daimler Truck sells 50 Mercedes eActros LongHaul to Hegelmann Group

Daimler Truck has already received an order of 50 electric Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul from the German transport group Hegelmann, only a few days after revealing the near-production version of the long-distance electric truck at IAA Transportation in Hannover.

It has been a productive show for Daimler Truck at IAA Transportation. After showing the near-production ‘concept prototype’ version of its eActros LongHaul battery-electric truck, which will begin real-world testing in 2023 and production in 2024, the manufacturer has already closed a deal with the German transport group Hegelmann for the order of 50 eActros LongHaul trucks.

Letter of Intent

As the electric truck from Mercedes is not yet ready for production, the order is limited to a Letter of Intent, meaning that the order could still be altered or withdrawn if circumstances change. Still, this is a positive sign for Daimler Truck, which also has a deal in place with Amazon and Rhenus for the real-world testing of the eActros LH starting in 2023.

Hegelmann Group is a family-run German international transport operation with a fleet of over 5 000 vehicles, so this order of 50 trucks is not meant as a large-scale fleet replacement for zero-carbon transport. However, this will allow Hegelmann to test the waters of heavy electric transport, while their scale will permit them to use the eActros LH in routes that are best suited to the vehicle.

Up to 500 km or more

To recall: the Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul owes its name to the 600 kWh battery pack, or three separate battery packs, which add up to 600 kWh. This gives it a range of around 500 km, while the two electric motors on the rear ‘e-axle’ deliver a continuous power output of 400 kW, with peak power of over 600 kW.

The eActros LongHaul can also be coupled with an ‘eTrailer’, which supports the tractor with additional battery power integrated into the trailer. Daimler Truck promises ranges of over 800 km on a single charge with an eActros and eTrailer combination.

Daimler Truck and Hegelmann Group signed the Letter of Intent at IAA Transportation in Hannover /Daimler Truck AG

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