Mercedes-Benz is introducing a new line of electric trucks named “eActros LongHaul,” and a letter of intent (LOI) has been signed between Mercedes-Benz and the German logistics company Hegelmann Group. Both companies collaborated on the production of 50 eActros LongHaul trucks, which will be delivered in 2024. It should be noted that the conceptual design of the prototype has been given by Mercedes-Benz, which was revealed at the 2022 IAA Transportation trade fair in Hanover, Germany. In addition to this, the shelf life of the truck, as reported by the company, would be about 10 years. In other words, it will be able to travel 1.2 million kilometers during its life and has a range of 500km (311 miles) per full charge.
Coupled with this, this will be the first time Mercedes-Benz trucks have embarked on a journey to produce these all-electric trucks, which will be practically put into production at the Wörth truck plant in Germany. It aims to increase the production of these CO2-neutral vehicles by about 50% by 2030 in Europe. It should be noted that this 40-tonne electric truck will be practically examined on public roads in consideration of the recent presentation that took place at IAA in Hanover. Testing of the prototypes of these electric trucks will be done for the first time this year.
Stina Fagerman, who is the Head of Sales, Marketing, and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, stated, “To make transportation sustainable and emission-free for the future, we need many strong partners at our side. Therefore, we are very pleased about this agreement and the confidence of the Hegelmann Group in the Mercedes-Benz Trucks brand. ” Moreover, new Lithium-iron Phosphate Fell (LFP) technology has been incorporated within the three battery packs of the trucks, which will make them capable of producing a power capacity of 536 hp to 804 hp.
Not to mention, the incorporation of the contemporary Megawatt Charging System (MCS) will increase the charging capacity of the trucks and decrease their charging time as the truck manufacturer said, “well under 30 minutes at a charging station with an output of about one megawatt.” This implies that these all-electric trucks can be charged from 20 to 80% in a matter of just 30 minutes.
To that end, Siegfried Hegelmann, who is the managing shareholder at the Hegelmann Group, said, “The greater the success, the greater the responsibility. We are open to challenges, and at the same time, we strive for sustainability in our industry. “