First eActros 300 handed over in Germany
The eActros 300 semitrailer tractor unit is based on the same technology as the eActros 300/400 as a platform chassis variant, which has already been in series production since 2021. The drive thus comes to analogue values, whereby the range varies due to the vehicle body. According to Daimler Truck, the three battery packs, each with 112 kWh of installed battery capacity, provide enough energy for up to 220 kilometres. The eActros 300 can be charged with up to 160 kW. The manufacturer specifies a charging time of “just over one hour” to get from 20 to 80 per cent SoC.
The tractor unit now delivered is the first example in Germany, but not the first ever: in June 2023, a model already went to the Dutch food logistics company Simon Loos. The official start of series production of this eActros variant will take place at the end of the year. The examples handed over to customers until then are from a small series.
In addition to the aforementioned articulated truck, the German launch customer Logistik Schmitt will receive five more units. They will initially be used to transport engines between Schmitt’s logistics site in Germersheim and the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth, 25 kilometres away – in multi-shift operation. Later, the engine plant in Mannheim will also be included in the route. The electric commercial vehicles are loaded both at Schmitt’s logistics site and at the Wörth plant.
Ronald Ott, Head of Truck Sales Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Germany, emphasises that Logistik Schmitt has already been an important partner for testing the eActros since 2019. “Logistics Schmitt has been an important partner for testing the eActros since 2019. From the first prototype to the electric articulated truck – Logistik Schmitt has supported the development steps of the e-truck with intensive tests. We are all the more pleased that the company is now including the eActros permanently into its fleet.”
According to Rainer Schmitt, managing partner of Logistik Schmitt, the eActros for distribution transport has proven its ability in use at his company over the last few years. “The Mercedes-Benz Trucks total concept, which includes specific advice on electric trucks, played a key role in making the decision to now also purchase the variant as a semitrailer tractor.”