Mercedez-Benz launches new all-electric heavy-duty eActros trucks

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks has revealed its new fully electric eActros, heavy-duty trucks, which offer a range of up to 249 miles (400km).

The eActros produces zero tailpipe emissions, and is aimed at those engaged in heavy-duty, short-haul distribution roles. Having already excelled in a comprehensive program of ‘real world’ testing, it is now on sale to UK operators as a 4×2 or 6×2 rigid.

The 27-ton eActros 400 is powered by four 112 kWh lithium-ion batteries and provides a maximum range of 249 miles (400km). It offers a maximum body and payload allowance of 16.6 tons.

The eActros 300, meanwhile, employs three batteries and will cover up to 186 miles (300km) between charges. It is also available in three-axle form, or as a two-axled chassis with a 19-tonne gross weight. The combined body and load-carrying capacity of the 19-ton variant is 10.6 ton, a figure that rises to 17.7 tons for the 27-tonner.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks and its official Dealer network are also responsible for sales and support of the FUSO Canter light truck range in Britain. The new FUSO Canter unveiled at Road Transport Expo incorporates a redesigned cabin and improvements in safety and comfort.

The Canter still comes in four weight classes (3.5-8.55 tons), eight wheelbases (2,500 mm to 4,750 mm), and with three engine output variants (130 hp to 175 hp). In a new departure, however, 3.5-ton Canters are now available in right-hand drive form with a 1.7m-wide standard cabin, which can be specified as an alternative to the 2.0m width of the established C (comfort) cab. Crewcab variants continue to be offered in several weight classes.

Kathryn Mitchell, head of marketing communications, PR and Events at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, said: “The launch of the eActros is a major milestone in the history of Mercedes-Benz Trucks and it was very exciting to be able to display this ground-breaking vehicle to a UK audience for the first time.”

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