Mercedes-Benz gets order for 50 eActros LongHaul trucks
By Mike Brezonick16 December 2022
German logistics service provider Dachser has signed a Letter of Intent with Mercedes-Benz Trucks to acquire 50 Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul trucks for its European fleet.
Dachser intends to use the eActros LongHaul, configured as a 6x2 swap body vehicle with a storage height of 1120 mm. The e-truck, with a range of around 500 km with one charge, is expected to be ready for series production by 2024.
“This Letter of Intent underlines our commitment to the development and testing of environmentally friendly commercial vehicle drives,” said Alexander Tonn, chief operating officer (COO), Road Logistics at Dachser. “The long range of the eActros LongHaul will enable us to transport goods between our European locations without emissions, even in heavy payload traffic and in long-haul transport. This is an important component of Dachser’s long-term climate protection strategy.”
Dascher has been using battery electric vehicles such as the Fuso eCanter and the eActros since 2018 as part of its sustainable urban delivery concept “Dascher Emission-Free Delivery.”
“Dachser is a very valuable customer for us in sustainable transport,” said Stina Fagerman, head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “Dachser was already a committed testing partner during the development of the eActros 300/400 for heavy-duty distribution transport.
“We are all the more pleased that the logistics company is now also planning to rely on the eActros LongHaul in the next step, reinforcing our e-strategy.”
The eActros LongHaul and its components are engineered to meet the same durability requirements as a comparable conventional heavy long-distance Actros – 1.2 million km over a period of 10 years. The batteries used in the eActros LongHaul employ lithium-iron phosphate cell technology (LFP) and can be charged from 20 to 80% in well under 30 minutes at a charging station with an output of about 1 MW. Three battery packs provide an installed total capacity of over 600 kWh and two electric motors, as part of a new e-axle, generate a continuous output of 400 kW and a peak output of over 600 kW.
In addition to the tractor unit, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will also produce rigid variants of the eActros LongHaul right at market launch. This will offer customers numerous other possible use cases in fully electric transport.