Mercedes-Benz electric trucks are shipping now, and more to come

It’s easy to get excited about big electric trucks. They can cut a lot of emissions – carbon dioxide emissions as well as other types of pollution that cause cancer, asthma, and other human diseases and death. That’s why, since the Tesla Semi was revealed in 2017, many of us have been eagerly awaiting commercial production. While we’re still waiting, Mercedes-Benz has just announced that it has started production of its big electric truck, the eEconic. (I agree – that’s a really confusing name.) This isn’t a long haul semi truck, but I’ll get to a Mercedes-Benz truck at the end of the lot after news of the electric truck and other Mercedes-Benz electric truck being shipped.

Electric chain: The Mercedes-Benz eEconic is now rolling off the assembly line at the Wörth plant. Electric production chain: The Mercedes-Benz eEconic is rolling off the production line at the Wörth plant from now on.

Electric production chain: The Mercedes-Benz eEconic is rolling off the production line at the Wörth plant from now on.

Electric production chain: The Mercedes-Benz eEconic is rolling off the production line at the Wörth plant from now on.

Electric production chain: The Mercedes-Benz eEconic is rolling off the production line at the Wörth plant from now on.

Electric production chain: The Mercedes-Benz eEconic is rolling off the production line at the Wörth plant from now on.

Electric production chain: The Mercedes-Benz eEconic is rolling off the production line at the Wörth plant from now on.

Electric production chain: The Mercedes-Benz eEconic is rolling off the production line at the Wörth plant from now on. Left to right: Dr. Ralf Fürcher, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks, and Dr. Andreas Bachhofer, Head of Production and Plant Manager at the Würth Plant

The eEconic series is now produced in Wörth, a small town in Germany of less than 20,000 people. It may not be Austin, Texas, or Berlin, Germany, but it will get the job done.

Note that the eEconic is not a long haul semi truck. It is an in-city truck aimed at municipal uses. This model complements and follows the Mercedes-Benz eActros, an electric truck for urban use released in October 2021.

Mercedes-Benz writes: “eEconic has been developed with customers and, after an extensive series of testing, has been in hands-on trials with customers since May 2022.” “The first vehicle in series production will be delivered to Urbaser A/S, a company operating in the waste disposal sector in Denmark. Other customers have already opted for the eEconic system for serial production. The vehicles will be delivered consecutively throughout the year.”

Apart from the eEconic and eActros, other trucks produced at the Wörth Daimler Truck plant include the Econic, Unimog and Zetros. In total, 470 trucks can be produced at the facility every day. How long until all of those are electric? That’s over 100,000 trucks a year. We don’t know, and we don’t know how many electric trucks are being built today, but it’s definitely a slow start or we’ll know more. What we do know is that Daimler Truck aims to sell only CO2-neutral vehicles in North America, Europe and Japan starting in 2039, and then achieve that milestone globally in 2050. We’re a long way off if that’s the case. …

but that is not all.

eActros moves up

Gross Vehicle Weight 40 Tons: The battery-powered electric eActros now runs a trailer in the northern Black Forest.

Gross Vehicle Weight 40 Tons: The battery-powered electric eActros now runs a trailer in the northern Black Forest.

Gross Vehicle Weight 40 Tons: The battery-powered electric eActros now runs a trailer in the northern Black Forest.

Regarding the aforementioned eActros, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has just announced some updates to this electric truck. It is now approved for us as a “truck and trailer combination with a gross weight of 40 tons” and can already be ordered with this additional trailer. Regarding the new offering, one customer expressed why this is important to him: “The eActros as a combination of truck and trailer is ideal for our purposes,” said Rainer Schmitt, Managing Partner at Logistik Schmitt. “In combination with the trailer, the electric truck now offers not only a higher gross weight, but also a significantly greater transport volume. This means we can move twice as many cargo carriers on the same trips.”

Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks are using some of their special tracks as part of the long-term testing. Since 2019, it has traveled 70,000 km (43,500 miles) in 7,000 trips with the electric truck.

And what is the scope of eActros? Here are the range and battery details: “eActros batteries consist of either three (eActros 300) or four (eActros 400) battery packs, each providing a proven capacity of 112 kWh.[1] The usable capacity is about 97 kWh[2]. With four battery packs, the eActros 400 has a range of up to 400 km[3]. ”

It can charge up to 160 kW, or simply and practically, it can take an hour to go from 20% battery capacity to 80% battery capacity if charging at 400 amps.

Where and how are those big electric trucks shipped?

To assist with shipping, customer testing, etc., Mercedes-Benz Trucks has set up Charging Park in Wörth. “At the eTruck Charging Park, electric truck customers can now test charging stations and charging concepts from various manufacturers as well as work with on-site experts from Mercedes-Benz Trucks to develop custom charging solutions for their specific applications. Charging technology is provided for testing and combined with a comprehensive suite of services. advisory to help customers seamlessly transition to e-mobility,” the German giant writes.

Easy gateway to electric mobility: Mercedes-Benz Trucks opens a freight yard for customers in Würth.

At the moment, there are 6 charging stations on site from different companies. Ranging from 40 kW to 300 kW in capacity.

Mercedes-Benz long range electric truck

Future-proof, sustainable and resilient: the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth sets a course for the future production of battery, electric and fuel cell trucks.

Developing a long-range electric truck is perhaps the hardest thing in this emerging sector. But work is underway. It appears that Mercedes-Benz has raced Tesla to market in this segment.

The Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul truck is in development and scheduled for release in 2022. To date, five prototypes have been built for testing. “For the critical long-distance segment, the eActros LongHaul, which has a range of approximately 500 km on a single battery charge, is scheduled to be serial production ready in 20×24.”


For more details on eEconic news, here is the press release from Mercedes-Benz.

For more details on eActros news, click here.

More information about the eTruck Charging Park can be found here.

For more information and quotes on the modernization of the long-range electric truck, well, you know what to do.


 

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