Mercedes-Benz Trucks takes eActros 600 on 13,000-km test tour

This summer, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is taking its electric long-hauler eActros 600 on the manufacturer’s longest test run yet. The battery-electric truck will travel over 13,000 km through more than 20 European countries to gather real-world data and to send a message that electric long-haul transport is possible today.

As Mercedes-Benz Trucks gears up for series production of the eActros 600 at the end of 2024, it is checking more and more boxes to deliver a fully-developed product. Last month, during testing, the battery-electric truck achieved over 1 megawatt (1,000 kilowatts) of charging power through the Megawatt Charging System (MCS). Now, it’s time to prove itself in the real world.

eActros 600 European Testing Tour 2024

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is taking two near-series prototypes on a European tour through more than 20 countries. Each truck aims to complete over 13,000 km with a total weight of 40 tons. To make things even more relevant to customers, only public charging points will be used—or that is the intention, at least.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has achieved 1,000 kW charging with its new eActros 600 thanks to the Megawatt Charging System (MCS) /Daimler Truck

This tour aims to gather real-world consumption data from different topographies and climate areas to better inform international customers. Mercedes claims a range of over 500 km between charges, with a daily driving range of over 1,000 km if drivers can charge during mandatory stops.

The eActros 600 uses three battery packs of 207 kWh, with a total capacity of 621 kWh. Mercedes-Benz Trucks promises that the batteries will keep over 80% of their capacity after 1.2 million kilometers and ten years of use.

The electric rear axle is powered by two 800-volt electric motors, which generate a continuous output of 400 kW (544 hp) with a peak power output of 600 kW (816 hp). In a 44-ton configuration, the electric truck should be able to carry around 22 tons with a standard semitrailer.

The interior of the eActros 600 is similar to the diesel-powered models, although improved safety systems have been added /Daimler Truck

Over 1,000 orders

The manufacturer says it has already recorded over 1,000 orders for the eActros 600, with “a four-digit figure with letters of intent, too”, according to Stina Fagerman, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

And, of course, this European testing tour also aims to remind the political powers that a better charging infrastructure is needed for mass adoption of electric road transport. “We intend to inform decision-makers in politics and the energy sector as well as the general public about the possibilities provided by battery-electric drives in the long-haul segment, and in this way further boost the momentum in building up the necessary infrastructure.”

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