Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaulMercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul

Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul

Mercedes Benz has revealed the concept prototype of its 40-tonne battery-electric eActros LongHaul truck at the IAA Transportation Show in Hanover, Germany this week.

The eActros LongHaul has a range of around 500 km on a single battery charge. It is capable of megawatt charging and offers 1.2 million km on the road over a period of ten years. Series production is planned for 2024.

The truck has three battery packs, providing a total capacity of over 600 kWh. Two electric motors generate a continuous output of 400 kW (536 hp) and a peak output of over 600 kW (805 hp).

The OEM said that the eActros LongHaul can be charged from 20% to 80% in "well under"30 minutes at a charging station with an output of about one megawatt.

In addition to the tractor unit, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will also produce rigid variants of the eActros LongHaul at market launch.

The eActros LongHaul will be the first all-electric series-production vehicle from Mercedes-Benz Trucks to be manufactured from start to finish on the existing assembly line at the Wörth truck plant. This also includes the installation of all electrical components and putting the vehicle into operation at the end of the line.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks' battery-electric long-distance vehicles will also come with an holistic solution consisting of vehicle technology, consulting, charging infrastructure and services.

First prototypes of the vehicle are currently undergoing intensive testing with plans to trial the eActros LongHaul on public roads this year. Next year, near-production prototypes will go to customers for real-world use testing.

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Other Mercedes Benz innovations unveiled at the trade show include the battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 in a tractor version and the the electric Mercedes-Benz eAtego for the medium-duty segment.

The OEM is also showcasing the light-duty, battery-electric FUSO Next Generation eCanter at the IAA, just two weeks after its world premiere.

Parent company Daimler Truck said that by 2030 up to 60% of Daimler Truck sales in EU markets will be CO2 neutral.

Martin Daum, CEO of Daimler Truck said: “Since the last IAA four years ago we have moved forward at full speed with the transition to CO2-neutral transport. This year we already have eight pure battery-electric series-production vehicles in our portfolio.

"However, it’s not enough just to offer the right vehicles. Our customers also need the suitable infrastructure. We are active here at a wide variety of levels. For a rapid build-up, it is essential that the entire industry and governments pull together.”

Karin Rådström, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Trucks added: “We are continuously expanding our portfolio of battery-electric trucks. Our focus is on offering clear advantages to our customers. Therefore, our electric trucks are specifically designed for eMobility giving them better drivability, energy efficiency and durability.”