Amazon and Rhenus are planning to test the eActros LongHaul as part of the "High-performance charging in long-distance truck transport" (HoLa) trial project. We have summarised the current status on the expansion of HoLa locations, initially with CCS charging points and later with MCS chargers, in this article.
The manufacturer had also given test vehicles for the eActros for regional distribution transport to potential customers in advance for practical testing under the name "Innovation Fleet". "As with all our e-trucks, we also rely on early practical tests at customers' premises for the eActros LongHaul," says Michael Scheib, Head of Product Management, Mercedes-Benz Trucks. "This enables our engineers to incorporate the valuable findings from real-world operation - particularly with regard to high-performance charging - directly into the development of the production vehicle."
The eActros LongHaul is expected to have a range of around 500 kilometres on one battery charge. To ensure that the large battery can be sufficiently charged during the break of 45 minutes after 4.5 hours of driving prescribed in the EU, the e-truck supports so-called megawatt charging with the new MCS standard - which is to be tested as part of HoLa.
In the latest announcement, Daimler Truck states that the eActros LongHaul will use LFP cells, sourced from cell partner CATL, but does not mention the energy content of the cells or the overall battery. According to Daimler Truck, the cells are "characterized primarily by a long service life and more usable energy. The long range with one battery charge in conjunction with megawatt charging should enable overall ranges on a par with conventional trucks and thus enable use in two-shift operation." Specifically, it mentions a charging time of under 30 minutes from 20 to 80 percent.
The specimens for Amazon and Rhenus are said to be vehicles for transporting sea containers as well as a tarpaulin trailer. the eActros LongHaul are to be tested for their functionality and suitability for everyday use at the online retailer with its own logistics division and the logistics service provider. as the tests are to use the HoLa infrastructure, the vehicles will probably be used primarily on the A2.