Mercedes Benz presents the eActros LongHaul electric truck with a range

Mercedes-Benz presents the eActros LongHaul electric truck with a range of 500 km and 1.2 million km of resources

At the IAA Transportation 2022 in Germany, the cargo division of Mercedes-Benz held the second phase of the presentation of the long-distance electric truck eActros LongHaul, which can travel up to 500 km without recharging – most likely with a full load of cargo in the form of a semi-trailer . The machine is equipped with LFP traction batteries and is designed for a range of 1.2 million km and ten years of intensive operation.

    Image source: Mercedes-Benz

Image source: Mercedes-Benz

The series is new as reported in press release, will go in 2024, but almost finished prototypes have already been released by the manufacturer for testing, and Mercedes-Benz customers will join their tests next year. The machine is equipped with a drive on two axes, the power plant can deliver 600 kW of power at peak and 400 kW in long-term mode. The three-piece LFP traction battery has a total capacity of 600 kWh. According to the manufacturer, this should be enough for a 500 km journey. At the same time, it is possible to recharge the charge from 20 to 80% in less than 30 minutes, but for this it is necessary to use a special charging station with a power of 1 MW.

The company’s choice of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries is explained by their longer lifespan and tendency for less degradation compared to nickel- and cobalt-based batteries poised to offer higher energy storage densities. In addition, batteries of the latter type are not only more expensive, but also more susceptible to fire. By equipping the truck with LFP batteries, Mercedes-Benz can rely on trouble-free operation for 1.2 million kilometers or ten years. Unfortunately, in freezing temperatures, LFP batteries lose their residual charge faster than nickel batteries, and this is their added inconvenience when used in cold climates.

The trailer manufacturer Krone offers special solutions for electric trucks in cooperation with Trailer Dynamics. A trailer with its own electric drive and a traction battery on board can increase the range of the truck to up to 800 km. A similar option will be offered to buyers of the Mercedes-Benz eActros LaungHaul. Along the way, the German automaker, in cooperation with TRATON and the Volvo Group, will set up a network of charging stations to charge trucks of all brands operating in Europe.

In the future, the eActros electric truck will also be available as a shortened 300 body with a medium range. Such a machine can travel up to 220 km on a single charge.

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