The Mercedes-Benz eActros is entering its second phase of testing in Germany. DB Schenker, leader in global logistics services and the first customer in this second phase, will use a 25-tonne truck to deliver goods to downtown Leipzig.
TheeActros has a range of around 200 kilometers. The 240 kWh lithium-ion batteries of this electric truck will be charged at night in the premises of DB Schenker, north of the city. Depending on the available charging power, the batteries can be recharged in two hours (to 150 kW). Two electric motors installed in the rear hubs provide the drive. They each deliver 126 kW / 171 hp and a torque of 485 Nm. The development and testing of electrically powered heavy-duty trucks has received support from the German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), as an ELV concept project.
According to the results obtained during the practical tests of the first phase, the eActros’s range of around 200 kilometers has proven to be realistic. The drivers are very satisfied with the continuous availability of torque throughout the use phase. They also mentioned the silent operation the truck and the pleasant and smooth ride. The second phase of testing began in early August in the Netherlands with the delivery of a copy of eActros to a local customer. Since then, more and more electric trucks are going to customers in Germany or Belgium.