Another battery-powered Mercedes-Benz eActros has just started a test at Remondis in Cologne. The leading company in the recycling and treatment of water and industrial and municipal services operates a 25 tonne truck with a range of around 200 kilometers for the management of waste in containers – more precisely for the transport of new containers, repaired or defective. In doing so, the all-electric eActros also uses routes that are prohibited for diesel trucks. The eActros batteries are recharged every night in the warehouse that Remondis owns in the district of the city of Rodenkirchen. Remondis is testing the eActros together with its sister logistics company Rhenus as part of an alternative energy truck test project.
Heinz Uliczka, Head of Sales Trucks West at Daimler Truck AG: “After the first vehicles have been delivered to the Netherlands and Germany, the second test phase of the eActros 'Innovation Fleet' is gaining momentum. With Remondis, we were able to win a client who plays an important pioneering role in urban operations. In this use, there are many stops / departures and daily trips can be easily planned; it is therefore ideal for testing our battery-powered eActros. We look forward to the feedback from these intensive tests with Remondis and Rhenus. ”
Remondis: Mercedes-Benz eActros is working for the future
Stephan Krings, Managing Director of REMONDIS Rheinland: “As Germany's largest company for waste management, sustainability and resource conservation are fundamental pillars of our company philosophy and shape all areas of business. Remondis activity. Fully in line with this philosophy, the eActros Cologne will perform its work in peace and respect for the environment – even on restricted routes where prohibitions for diesel vehicles exist. Together with Rhenus, our sister company, we look forward to the operations and feedback from the eActros drivers in central Cologne. ”
Sascha Hähnke, Managing Director of Rhenus Transport: “For us at Rhenus, 'green logistics' is the result of our core values and our concept of a global logistics provider. Environmental protection and responsible management of resources are therefore fundamental components of our corporate strategy and we constantly pursue our efforts to find ever more sustainable transport solutions. For this reason, it is important for us to test new technologies and then use the best. With Remondis, we are therefore now putting the eActros to the test. "
Numerous results for the first phase
One of the results that emerged from the first phase of testing is that the eActros’s reported range of around 200 kilometers is absolutely realistic – regardless of load, route and topography of the route used. The eActros is by no means inferior to a truck using a conventional driveline in terms of availability and performance in city, highway or national traffic. The cargo cooling system and the air conditioning system – both powered by electricity – operated without limitation regardless of the weather conditions – hot weather or freezing cold. The drivers are also delighted with the availability of torque at all speeds. They are also particularly underlined the tranquility of use and the pleasant and smooth driving of this truck. In addition, if driven smoothly, electrical energy can be recovered under braking. It is then no longer necessary to operate the brake pedal.
Removable box signed Schmitz Cargobull
The W.BO removable crate from Schmitz Cargobull for the transport of dry goods is assembled with steel panels and can be fitted with optional equipment such as a double deck, a sliding door or even a surveillance eye, at the choice of the customer.
The eActros: the locally neutral CO alternative solution2 for urban distribution
The eActros uses the chassis of the Mercedes-Benz Actros. The architecture of the vehicle has been adapted to electric propulsion and includes a high proportion of specific parts. Two electric motors, installed near the wheel hubs of the rear axle, deliver an output of 126 kW / 171 hp and a maximum torque of 485 Nm each. This offers, depending on the transmission ratio, about 11,000 Nm each, for performance equivalent to that offered by a conventional truck. 240 kWh lithium-ion batteries provide power to the eActros. Depending on the available charge, the batteries can be recharged in two hours (to 150 kW).
The development and testing of these electric-powered heavy distribution trucks are supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), as part of the Concept project ELV.