Daimler’s hopes for its forthcoming Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul have been given a major boost with DB Schenker signing a letter of intent to acquire 100 examples for its fleet.

The global logistics provider has the intention of becoming net zero by 2040, and the eActros battery-electric tractors will play a key role in this ambition when series production starts next year.

DB Schenker Europe’s head of land transport, Cyrille Bonjean said: "The successive expansion of our electric fleet will enable us to pursue our objective of becoming the world’s leading provider of green logistics. With the eActros LongHaul, it is now also possible to use battery-electric vehicles on long distances. For us, it is important to take responsibility for the environment and to promote ecological solutions."

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks, head of marketing, sales and services, Stina Fagerman added: "DB Schenker is an important and long-standing partner for us that is already successfully using our electric trucks for distribution haulage. We are therefore all the more pleased that, for long-distance haulage, the company has chosen another vehicle sporting the three-pointed star - the battery-electric eActros LongHaul."

The eActros LongHaul is currently undergoing extensive durability validation, including extreme cold weather testing in Rovaniemi, Finland. The target is for it to achieve in-service durability to match a conventional long haul Actros, with a ten-year, 1.2 million km service life.

To help this, it is powered by lithium-iron phosphate cell (LFP) batteries, which are claimed to offer a long life and high energy efficiency. With three battery packs giving a total capacity of over 600 kWh, its two electric motors generating a continuous output of 400 kW, and a peak of more than 600 kW, to drive its e-axle. On a 1mW charger, it should recharge from 20% to 80% in less than 30 minutes.