The UK’s truck operators can now order the new battery-electric Mercedes eActros.
Aimed at those engaged in heavy-duty, short-haul distribution, the ground-breaking vehicle produces zero tailpipe emissions and offers a range of up to 249 miles.
It is available to order as a 4×2 or 6×2 chassis, with deliveries to UK customers beginning in May.
Mercedes Trucks has adopted the ‘direct sales’ model already successfully employed for the 7.5-tonne FUSO eCanter – the world’s first fully electric light-duty truck to enter series production.
eActros orders can be placed with the manufacturer
However, while eActros orders can only be placed with the manufacturer initially, members of the Mercedes Trucks’ dealer network are also taking their next steps on the road to a cleaner, ‘greener’ future.
Co-operation partnership agreements have been taken up, with sales teams standing ready to provide expert advice on the eActros and channel ‘live’ leads to specialist eConsultants at Mercedes Trucks UK.
Dealers are also investing significant sums in the technical training and additional equipment needed to secure ‘eTruck-ready’ status for their workshops – 17 locations have already been accredited, with more set to follow in the coming months.
Extensively tested in real-life conditions
Developed and extensively tested in real-life conditions with operators across Europe, the eActros is the first series-produced electric truck to bear a three-pointed star.
It comes as a 4×2 variant with 19-tonnes gross weight and three battery packs, and as a six-wheeled 27-tonner with either three or four battery packs.
Each battery pack has an installed energy capacity of 112 kWh, and a useable capacity of 97 kWh.
As a result, the eActros 300 with three battery packs can travel up to 186 miles, while the four-battery pack eActros 400 achieves up to 250 miles.
The highly efficient electric motors offer constant delivery of power with high starting torque for powerful acceleration.
Impressive comfort and low levels of noise – roughly half those of a conventional diesel truck – combined with reduced vibration contribute to a relaxed, low-stress driving experience, while the vehicle’s low centre of gravity helps when cornering.
‘eActros is a new truck for a new era’
Ross Paterson, the head of special trucks at Mercedes Trucks UK, said: “The eActros is a new truck for a new era.
“It represents an important step towards our goal of offering an entirely CO2-neutral product range by 2039, which we’ll achieve using a combination of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology.”
He added: “We are committed to supporting our customers by making their transition from diesel to electric power as easy and seamless as possible.
“To this end, we’ll provide comprehensive product training for drivers and operators.
“Our team of eConsultants can provide valuable advice and assistance on other aspects of its operation such as charging infrastructure, as well as a range of digital services to increase utilisation and optimise the total cost of ownership.”