Mercedes-Benz Trucks announced today that its all-electric eActros straight truck will enter real-world testing in Germany and Switzerland.
Ten cab-over trucks, which offer a range of up to 125 miles, will be distributed among 10 fleets that normally use diesel-powered trucks to deliver groceries, building supplies and raw materials.
Two variants with a gross vehicle weight of roughly 20 to 27.6 tons will be tested for 12 months in a variety of routes and applications, including refrigerated transport.
Mercedes Trucks views the fleet testing as an important opportunity to address key concerns of electric truck use, namely range, battery cost and charging infrastructure.
“Daimler Trucks is synonymous with innovation leadership, allied to a realistic and pragmatic attitude,” said Martin Daum, the Daimler AG Board Member responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses. “This is particularly true when it comes to electric mobility. We now want to work together with our customers to move swiftly forward with the development of our Mercedes-Benz eActros to the point where it becomes a viable proposition in tough everyday operations, both technically and commercially...
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