The battery-electric Mercedes eActros LongHaul long-distance truck will be the firm’s trade show highlight at this year’s IAA Transportation event in September in Hanover.
The manufacturer announced the 40-tonne truck in 2020 and presents the ‘concept prototype’ exactly two years later for the first time.
The eActros LongHaul to be shown will preview the design theme of the series-production vehicle.
The tractor unit is also part of the eActros LongHaul test fleet.
eActros LongHaul will be tested on public roads
The first prototypes are already undergoing intensive testing and the eActros LongHaul will be tested on public roads this year.
Then near-production prototypes will go to customers for real-world use testing with series readiness being planned for 2024.
On a single battery charge the eActros LongHaul will have a range of around 500 kilometres (311 miles).
The e-truck will enable high-performance charging – or so-called ‘megawatt charging’.
Mercedes will present other new battery-electric trucks
In addition to the eActros LongHaul, Mercedes will also present other new battery-electric trucks at IAA.
The eActros for heavy-duty distribution transport has been in series production at the Wörth plant since October 2021, and the eEconic for municipal use will follow in July.
Mercedes says it is pursuing the goal of increasing the proportion of locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in Europe to more than 50% by 2030.
‘The electrification of heavy long-distance transport’
Karin Radstrom, the chief executive of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, said: “The electrification of heavy long-distance transport is the next milestone on our road to CO2-neutrality.
“The eActros LongHaul is a battery-electric vehicle which is planned to be economically feasible for our customers.
“My team and I look forward to presenting this innovative truck to our customers and the public in September.”
As part of its pre-launch communications for IAA, Mercedes has published the first teaser images of the eActros LongHaul concept prototype and announced further technical specifications planned for the production vehicle.
Batteries used in the eActros LongHaul
The batteries used in the eActros LongHaul employ lithium-iron phosphate cell technology (LFP) for long service life and more usable energy.
These batteries can be charged from 20% to 80% in less than 30 minutes at a charging station with an output of about one megawatt.
The long range on a single charge in combination with megawatt charging results in overall ranges on a par with conventional trucks and thus enables two-shift operations.
The vehicle is also characterised by a particularly well-balanced driveline for a very pleasant driving experience.
In addition, the eActros LongHaul features the manufacturer’s numerous safety innovations. The aim of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks concept is, they say, for battery-electric long-distance transport is to offer customers a holistic solution consisting of vehicle technology, consulting, charging infrastructure and services – so that customers enjoy profitability, sustainability and reliability.