Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Germany has announced its eActros electric truck has been approved as a truck-and-trailer combination with a total weight of up to 40 tonnes.
The company said that it is already accepting orders for this eActros in truck trailer configuration, while the first truck has now been deployed with transport company, Logistik Schmitt in the northern Black Forest region of Germany, for the next phase of endurance testing.
According to the manufacturer, since the start of testing in 2019, the eActros has covered more than 70,000 kilometers on more than 7,000 trips. In the new phase of testing, it will continue to transport transmission housings and axle components to Daimler Truck plants in Rastatt and Gaggenau as part of a three-shift schedule, covering up to 300 km daily in the process.
The standard version of the Mercedes-Benz eActros (eActros 300 and eActros 400 with respectively 336 kWh and 448 kWh battery) entered production at the Wörth plant in Germany in October 2021. In July 2022, it was joined by the municipal version – Mercedes-Benz eEconic.
Rainer Schmitt, Managing Partner at Logistik Schmitt notes that the truck-and-trailer combination with a total weight of 40 tonnes not only offers a higher total weight, but also significantly more transport volume – which in many applications is more important than weight.