Daimler Truck to deliver 1.000 eActros trucks to Swiss Holcim

Holcim, the Swiss-based construction materials and cement company, has placed a record order for 1 000 battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 trucks. The company wants to have 30% zero-emission trucks by 2030, and it’s not just counting on Daimler Truck to achieve this goal.

This isn’t the first time Holcim has signed a letter of intent to order many electric trucks. It isn’t even the first time the building materials company has ordered 1 000 e-trucks; in May last year, it did just that with Volvo Trucks. Now, the company is relying on the Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 to electrify its fleet.

Long-haul cement transport

Holcim is also present in Belgium, with around 900 employees of a total of 60 000 worldwide, but it is not yet clear where these new electric trucks from Mercedes will be used. The release states: “The majority of the eActros 600 electric trucks will be used with silo trailers for the transportation of building materials.”

The Mercedes eActros 600 is Daimler Truck’s first battery-electric truck for’ long-haul’ transportation. It was unveiled in October 2023, has a total battery capacity of 621 kWh, and can travel 500 km on a single charge. Later, megawatt charging will be supported, enabling a 20-80% fast charge in 30 minutes.

The start of series production of the eActros 600 is planned for the end of 2024, which would mean that Holcim will receive its first trucks in 2025.

Daimler Truck and Emirati energy company Masdar are looking into exporting green hydrogen to Europe by 2030 /Daimler Truck

Hydrogen from the Emirates?

But Daimler Trucks is not solely relying on batteries to achieve its decarbonization goals. It previously partnered with Volvo Trucks and TotalEnergies to develop hydrogen fuel cells and the related infrastructure.

Now, the manufacturer has announced an agreement with the state-owned Emirati energy company Masdar to collaborate on supplying renewable hydrogen to Europe. Masdar would supply the hydrogen, and Daimler Truck would make the fuel available to customers within this partnership. The Memorandum of Understanding will explore the feasibility of liquid green hydrogen export from the UAE to Europe by 2030.

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