Mercedes-Benz’ vision of future long-distance haulage has been revealed in an electric concept truck.
The eActros LongHaul hints at the technology, design and powertrain of next-generation trucks from the Germans.
For example, an LED light strip runs along the front of the vehicle.
The first eActros LongHaul prototypes have already started testing and will hit public roads later this year.
Following that, near-series prototypes will be sent to various Mercedes-Benz customers for evaluation.
Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks, explained what role the new truck will play.
“We are continuously expanding our portfolio of battery-electric trucks.
“Our focus is on offering clear advantages to our customers.
“Therefore, our electric trucks are specifically designed for eMobility, giving them better drivability, energy efficiency and durability.”
The forthcoming truck will have a total battery capacity of 600kWh, comprising three battery packs.
In addition, two electric motors will be used, generating a continuous output of 536hp (805hp peak).
Away from the tractor unit, the company will offer rigid versions of the eActros LongHaul from launch.
As a result, it will open up more opportunities for the maximum number of Mercedes-Benz customers and drivers.
The batteries used in the eActros LongHaul use lithium-iron phosphate cell technology (LFP).
Therefore, they offer a long service life and more usable energy.
In the electric concept, they can be charged from 20% to 80% in under 30 minutes.
However, this performance requires charging stations to have an output of around one megawatt.
Mercedes-Benz says it is aiming to offer ‘a holistic solution consisting of vehicle technology, consulting, charging infrastructure and services’.
In other words, the eActros LongHaul is designed to help with profitability, sustainability and reliability.
The production version of the aActros LongHaul electric concept is planned to be released in 2024.