Mercedes-Benz has begun on-road testing of its battery electric eActros in southern Germany.
The 25-tonne vehicle commutes between the warehouse facility of Logistik Schmitt in Ötigheim and Rastatt’s Mercedes-Benz Gaggenau plant about 7 kilometres away transporting parts. It has a range of up to 200 kilometres and covers a daily distance of about 168 kilometres as part of a demanding three-shift operation.
The manufacturer plans to start series production of its battery-powered eActros in 2021 following a series of real-world tests. Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks said: “The Mercedes-Benz eActros is now integrated into daily operations by our test customers in Germany and Switzerland.
“Here, the eActros has already covered tens of thousands of kilometres. Even fully-loaded and regardless of hot or cold temperatures, it successfully completes its daily duties. This spurs us on in our aim to enable locally emission-free distribution with heavy-duty, series-produced trucks from 2021 onwards.
“We are pleased that, together with Logistik Schmitt, we are able to further expand the testing of the eActros. We will also take the findings of this testing phase and apply them as part of the comparative drives planned with the eWayBW catenary project. First positive feedback from Logistik Schmitt has left us very optimistic.”