Meet The eActros Electric Truck From Mercedez-Benz Trucks
Mercedes-Benz Trucks celebrates the world première of its battery-electric eActros for heavy-duty short-radius distribution.
- Highlights include: range of up to 400 kilometres, a battery capacity of around 420 kWh and an electric axle with two powerful electric motors.
- Safety in the eActros is secured via multiple safeguards in the event of a crash.
- The standard model of the eActros is planned to roll off the production line in autumn 2021.
The eActro features a drive unit with two integrated electric motors, complete with a two-speed transmission. Like most EVs, the eActro will be near noiseless as it makes deliveries back and forth.
Moreover, Mercedes-Benz Trucks have confirmed that the eActros draws power from three or four battery packs, each with a capacity of 105 kWh (or 420 kWh total).
According to the German truckmaker, range is set to 400 kilometres (248 miles), hence why the eActros is hailed as a short-radius type vehicle.
“Development of the eActros focussed on the partnership with our customers. Everything that we learned from the Innovation Fleet is now being incorporated in series production. Compared with the prototypes, several features such as range, drive power and safety have been considerably improved in the series-production model.”
— Andreas von Wallfeld, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks
Mercedes-Benz Trucks have been very vocal about safety regarding the eActros. Each truck will come with safeguards in the way of MirrorCams and Active Brake Assist (ABA) systems.
Initially, a concept vehicle for a heavy-duty hauling machine was unveiled by Mercedes-Benz Trucks at the IAA 2016 for Commercial vehicles in Hanover.
Mercedes Benz Trucks then began testing around ten early prototypes of what we know now as the eActro in 2018.
The goal was always the same: to launch a series-ready eActros in 2021, which is a done deal at this point, with Mercedes-Benz Trucks eyeing an autumn 2021 release.
The eActros will be available in countries like Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and France before releasing elsewhere.
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