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Electric Actros trials in Switzerland

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Two battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks have gone into operation in Switzerland, part of the manufacturer’s so-called eActros ‘innovation fleet’ to test heavy-duty electric vehicles with customers.

An 18-tonne truck with Camion Transport is used to haul general cargo from the Schwarzenbach Camion city hub to the nearby St. Gallen microhub. The eActros is also able to flexibly serve other delivery points in the St. Gallen urban area and the cargo is transported in a swap body with a lifting platform.

A 25-tonne truck in operation with retail company Migros transports goods for supermarket branches in the Zurich area. Each eActros will cover about 150 km per day, well within the range of the eActros’ reach of up to 200 km, and batteries are recharged at the customers’ depots in the evenings.

The vehicle handover took place at the Mercedes-Benz Trucks facility in Schlieren near Zurich. Jürg Lüthi, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks Schweiz AG said: “In Germany the locally emission-free eActros is already undergoing intensive practical testing with various customers.

“With Camion Transport and Migros, we are now happy to welcome the first two Swiss customers from different business sectors to further enrich our tests.” Josef Jäger, director Camion Transport AG added: “With the testing of the Mercedes-Benz eActros and the resulting experience, we are taking a further step towards our goal of supplying city centres emission-free from 2025.”