Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil its battery-electric eActros LongHaul long-distance truck in Europe in coming months, with new battery technology that allows it to be recharged from 20 to 80 per cent capacity in less than 30 minutes.
The curtains will come off the eActros LongHaul electric truck at IAA Transportation 2022, ebing held in Hanover, Germany, in September.
The manufacturer announced the 40-ton truck in 2020 and now, two years later, the concept prototype will be unveiled.
The truck is also part of the eActros LongHaul test fleet, with the first prototypes already undergoing intensive testing. The eActros LongHaul will be tested on public roads this year.
Real world testing with customers is slated to take place in the coming year, with series release planned for 2024.
On a single battery charge the eActros LongHaul will have a range of around 500 kilometres.
The batteries used in the eActros LongHaul use lithium-iron phosphate cell technology (LFP). These are characterized by a long service life and more usable energy. The batteries can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in well under 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 longer overall ranges.
“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,” said Karin Rådström, CEO at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.