Dachser orders 50 eActros LongHaul
In Germany, the logistics provider Dachser plans to add 50 long-distance electric Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul trucks to its European fleet. Dachser and Mercedes-Benz Trucks have signed a letter of intent to this effect.
The eActros LongHaul was unveiled at this year’s IAA Transportation. The globally active German logistics firms Dachser and DB Schenker are to be two of the first customers to receive a series-production vehicle. Both companies already use the smaller eActros from Mercedes BenzThe eActros LongHaul is expected to be ready for series production in 2024.
With its 600 kWh LFP batteries from CATL (divided into three battery packs), the eActros LongHaul has a range of around 500 kilometres on one battery charge. The long-haul electric truck can be charged from 20 to 80 per cent in well under 30 minutes at a charging station with around one megawatt of power.
Dachser intends to use the eActros LongHaul in the configuration as a 6×2 swap body vehicle with a parking height of 1,120 mm, thus significantly expanding its electric vehicle fleet. The logistics company based in the Bavarian town of Kempten already has several electric trucks from Daimler Truck in its fleet. These include the lightweight Fuso eCanter and the eActros 300.
The eActros LongHaul is already booked in for real-world test operations with Amazon and Rhenus starting in 2023. Daimler Truck will start series production manufacturing the eActros LongHaul as both a tractor unit and as a platform chassis variant. This should give customers greater flexibility in the range of applications.
“Dachser was already a committed test partner during the development of the eActros 300/400 for heavy distribution transport,” explained Stina Fagerman, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, for example. “The fact that the logistics company now also wants to take the eActros LongHaul as the next step makes us all the more pleased and reinforces our e-strategy.”
Alexander Tonn, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Road Logistics at Dachser, added: “The long range of the eActros LongHaul will enable us to transport goods emission-free between our European locations, even in heavy payload and long-distance transport. This is an important building block in Dachser’s long-term climate protection strategy.”
Until now the company’s electric vehicles have only been used for delivery and distribution transport in urban areas. In 2021, Dachser announced it was going to operate deliveries to the city centres of at least eleven European metropolitan regions without emissions by the end of 2022. In February this year, the company said it was going to invest in battery-powered trucks and company cars. Tests with hydrogen-powered trucks also planned with Hyundai Xcient. “We have had very good experiences in city logistics with the performance of BEV vehicles. It was therefore logical to take the next step – long-distance driving – together with Mercedes-Benz Trucks,” says Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Dachser.
Daimler Truck promises a long service life from the robust LFP cells: the development engineers at Mercedes-Benz Trucks design the eActros LongHaul to meet the same requirements for the durability of the vehicle and components as a comparable fossil fuelled heavy-duty long-haul Actros. This means 1.2 million kilometres of mileage in ten years of operation. It is not yet clear when the first examples are to be delivered to Dachser.
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