Mercedes-Benz’s seriousness in developing electric-powered trucks continues to be shown, one of which is introducing the eActros LongHaul prototype at the IAA Transportation 2022 event. Through this eActros LongHaul Mercedes will present a transport truck designed for long trips. By using a battery with a capacity of 600 kWh, Mercedes claims the eActros LongHaul can run up to 500 km per full charge.
The eActros LongHaul itself is a continuation of the eActros electric truck which was released in 2021, the advantages of this LongHaul model are its mileage and carrying capacity. However, at this time the display on the eActros LongHaul is still only a prototype, and the manufacturer cannot confirm that it will be the same as the production model later.
On the body, there are contoured lines with LED light strips on the front, as well as a front fascia without a grille typical of electric cars. The charging slot is on the side of the frame and does not attach to the eActros LongHaul body.
Although it will be equipped with a large battery to achieve long cruising ranges, Mercedes ensures that drivers can still save time while charging. Mercedes is currently building a special megawatt charging specification that can speed up the charging process from 20 – 80 percent in just 30 minutes.
In addition, the German manufacturer is also working with Trailer Dynamic and Krone to develop the eTrailer which will then be embedded in the eActros. This is done so that the battery and axle have their own power source so that this trailer can also increase the range of the eActros to 800 km. In addition to the trailer, Mercedes is also preparing other models, one of which is a rigid chassis and will be launched in conjunction with the eActros LongHaul.
But of course, with this large capacity battery, the eActros LongHaul is claimed to be able to produce 536 hp of power for constant use. Meanwhile, if you want to do a short acceleration, the eActros can shoot with a power of 805 hp.
In addition, Mercedes has also ensured that the eActros LongHaul battery will use lithium iron phosphate chemistry with longer durability. Even the heavy duty electric trucks have also been designed to last up to a service life of 10 years or more than 1.2 million km, similar to conventional trucks.
Once officially produced, the eActros LongHaul will be the first electric-powered truck built at the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Worth factory. The units will be built alongside other conventional models and are scheduled to start in 2024. This is also driven by the European government’s plan to prohibit emission vehicles from crossing the highway, including transport trucks.