CATL will supply batteries for the production version of the announced Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul starting in 2024. Daimler's commercial vehicle division has also entered into its own collaborations for battery and fuel cell truck infrastructure ahead of the planned split of the group.
First, the batteries: The supply agreement extends beyond 2030, according to Daimler Trucks. The batteries for the eActros LongHaul are said to be characterized by a high energy density with an extremely long service life as well as fast-charging capability. Thus, the batteries are said to "meet the special requirements for battery-electric long-haul trucks" - but Daimler does not give any figures on this in the announcement. The range of the eActros LongHaul announced in September 2020 is said to be 500 kilometers.
In addition, the companies intend to jointly develop even more advanced next-generation batteries for truck-specific applications, with a particular focus on high modularity and scalability, with the aim of being able to flexibly use the batteries for different purposes and future e-truck models.
Daimler Truck AG and CATL had already signed a global supply agreement in 2019 for battery cell modules to be used in the Mercedes-Benz eActros, Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2 e-truck models.
"By expanding our strong partnership with CATL, we will significantly accelerate our electrification activities and take a leading role in the decarbonization of the industry," says Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG. "Starting in 2021, we will launch a broad portfolio of customer-focused, innovative series-production electric vehicles." CATL CEO Robin Zeng confidently adds, "We are convinced that Daimler Truck AG will further expand its market position in e-mobility through our strong global partnership."