Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Einride sign first major order for battery-powered eActros – collaboration agreement to drive electrification

Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Einride sign first major order for battery-powered eActros – collaboration agreement to drive electrification

Dec 15, 2021
Stuttgart
  • Order marks one of the largest deals to date of electric heavy-duty vehicles in Europe with 120 electric trucks for carbon-neutral distribution applications
  • Swedish freight technology company Einride to use the vehicles to serve      customers going electric across European markets
  • Collaboration initiated to jointly develop solutions for a new era of electric road freight transport
  • Delivery of eActros 300 and eActros 400 models to start in mid-2022
  • Series production at the Wörth am Rhein plant running since 2021
  • Karin Rådström, Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck Holding AG, responsible for the regions Europe and Latin America and the
    Mercedes-Benz Truck brand: “We have entered in a new, electric era in road haulage with the eActros. This major order demonstrates that the eActros is the right vehicle and it strengthens us on our way to the complete decarbonization of the transport sector.”
  • Andreas von Wallfeld, Head of Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz Trucks: “The eActros is an outstanding electric truck that will measure up to the high quality and safety that our customers demand from the brand with the star. What’s more, we have embedded the vehicle in a range of tailor-made e-mobility services.”    

Stuttgart – Following the production launch of the battery-powered eActros at the Wörth am Rhein plant in October, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has already booked the first major order for 120 of the vehicles. The Swedish freight technology company Einride, an industry leader in providing digital, electric and autonomous shipping, will roll out the fleet of eActros 300 and eActros 400 models to customers in key European markets. Mercedes-Benz Trucks will deliver the locally carbon-neutral vehicles for use in heavy-duty distribution operations starting in mid-2022.

Karin Rådström, Member of the Board of Management Daimler Truck Holding AG, responsible for the regions Europe and Latin America and the Mercedes-Benz Truck brand: “We have entered in a new, electric era in road haulage with the eActros. Our target is to electrify more than half of our new vehicles in Europe by 2030. This major order demonstrates that the eActros is the right vehicle and it strengthens us on our way to the complete decarbonization of the transport sector.”

Andreas von Wallfeld, Head of Sales & Marketing Mercedes-Benz Trucks: “The eActros is an outstanding electric truck that will measure up to the high quality and safety that our customers demand from the brand with the star. What’s more, we have embedded the vehicle in a range of tailor-made e-mobility services. To accomplish this — and in order to be able to provide a full range of services to large fleets of electric vehicles — we have intensively prepared our Mercedes-Benz service network in Europe in good time. That’s why we’re extremely pleased that Einride has decided to order a large number of eActros trucks.”

Ellen Kugelberg, Chief Operating Officer, Einride: “As we continue to build out our global fleet of connected electric vehicles, it is imperative that we partner with best in class technical performance, to pair with our software solutions, and we confidently found that with the Mercedes-Benz eActros. Through joint product development we’ll continue to provide an effective and efficient path to electrification for the industry together.”

Range of up to 400 kilometres

The eActros’ batteries can consist of either three (eActros 300) or four battery packs (eActros 400), each of which has an installed capacity of 112 kWh[1] and a usable capacity of around 97 kWh[2]. Fitted with four battery packs, the eActros 400 has a range of up to 400 kilometres[3]. The technological heart of the electric truck is its drive unit, which consists of a rigid electric axle with two integrated electric motors and a two-speed transmission. The two liquid-cooled motors deliver a continuous output of 330 kW and a peak output of 400 kW. In addition, electrical energy can be recovered by means of recuperation when driving with foresight. The energy recovered by braking is fed back into the eActros’ batteries and is then again available for powering the vehicle. The eActros can be charged with up to 160 kW. At a conventional DC fast charging station with a charging current of 400A, the three battery packs take a little more than one hour to charge from 20 percent of capacity to 80 percent[4]. 

The advantages of the battery-powered truck from Mercedes-Benz

The two integrated electric motors have a high efficiency and provide constant power delivery with a high starting torque. The torque immediately provided by the electric motors, and the two-speed transmission, ensure powerful acceleration, impressive driving comfort and driving dynamics that enable more relaxed, lower-stress driving than a conventional diesel-powered truck. In addition, the low centre of gravity improves cornering. The interior noise level has been reduced by 10 dB — roughly corresponding to a halving of the perceptible noise level — which also contributes to increased driver comfort in full-load operation. Night deliveries are also possible thanks to the low noise level. In contrast to a diesel truck, there is also considerably less vibration.

Series production of the eActros at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth am Rhein

The first series-produced eActros rolled off the line at the plant in Wörth am Rhein at the beginning of October 2021. The Future Truck Center, which was officially put into operation with this production launch, is the heart of the eActros series production. The eActros is flexibly manufactured on the existing assembly line, along with conventionally powered trucks, before being brought into the Future Truck Center to be electrified. The assembly of different vehicle types in the Wörth plant will basically be integrated to the greatest extent possible and the basic structure of the vehicle will be built on one assembly line — regardless of whether a conventional combustion engine or an electric powertrain is installed.

In future, the electrification of further carbon-neutral Mercedes-Benz trucks will also take place in the Future Truck Center. Series production of the eEconic, which has been developed for municipal use, is due to start in the second half of 2022. The battery-powered eActros LongHaul for long-distance road haulage is scheduled to be ready for series production in 2024.

 

 

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