Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the series version of the first battery-electric long-haul truck with a three-pointed star. The Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 has a high battery capacity of more than 600 kilowatt hours – hence the model designation 600 – and a new, particularly efficient electric drive axle developed in-house, enable the e-truck to achieve a range of 500 kilometres without intermediate charging.
This means the eActros 600 will be able to travel more than 1,000 kilometres per day, made possible by intermediate charging during legally prescribed driver breaks – even without megawatt charging. According to Mercedes-Benz Trucks, 60 per cent of long-distance journeys by their customers in Europe are shorter than 500 kilometres, which means charging infrastructure at the depot and at loading and unloading points will be sufficient.
The vehicle is technically designed for a gross combination weight of up to 44 tonnes. With a standard semi-trailer, the eActros 600 has a payload of around 22 tonnes in the EU. In some cases, national law may permit a higher payload. Visually, the e-truck is characterised by clear lines and an aerodynamic shape. When it comes to profitability for fleet operators, the electric truck is intended to set new standards over the long term, replacing many diesel trucks in the important long-haul transport segment.
“The eActros 600 stands for the transformation of road freight transport towards CO2-neutrality like no other truck with a three-pointed star,” said Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “It is characterised by highly innovative drive technology that can offer our customers particularly high energy efficiency and thus profitability. This makes entry into e-mobility even more attractive for fleet operators.”