eActros LongHaul (1)

Trials of the eActros LongHaul (pictured) on public roads are set to start this year, with the battery-powered truck scheduled to enter series production in 2024, Mercedes Benz Trucks has revealed.

Prototypes of the 40 tonne vehicle, which has a range of around 500 km on one battery charge and superfast megawatt charging, are already undergoing internal tests.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is also preparing additional variants of the eActros - dubbed the eActros 300 and the eActros 400 - as early as July, in addition to the eEconic, which is also scheduled to roll off the production line at its Wörth plant in July.

These latest developments are part of Mercedes-Benz Trucks wider goal to boost its locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in Europe to more than 50% by 2030.

The manufacturer is also organising a customer event at its Wörth site in early June, which will run for several weeks. E-mobility experts will be on hand wih advice for the 1,000-plus attendees on how to make the transition to BEV vehicles. In addition, customers will have the opportunity to drive the eActros 300 on demanding routes and with realistic payloads.

Karin Rådström, chief exectuive of Mercedes-Benz Trucks said: “The tremendous interest in our eActros driving event in Wörth is further proof of the popularity e-mobility is already gaining with customers.

“Customers are thus sending a strong signal to all stakeholders to combine efforts and quickly put more and more electric trucks on the road, expand the charging infrastructure and create cost parity.”

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is currently working together with Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Engie and Evbox group on depot charging infrastructure.

In addition, Daimler Truck, Traton Group and the Volvo Group have signed a binding agreement to establish a joint venture to develop and operate a public charging infrastructure for long-distance transport in Europe which will be available to fleet operators in Europe regardless of brand.