Mercedes-Benz Trucks has wrapped up a fruitful five-week summer test of its battery-electric eActros 600, designed for long-distance travel. The testing took place in Andalusia, Spain, where the temperature soared to a scorching 111.2 ºF (44 ºC). Engineers put the electric truck through its paces, scrutinizing various aspects of its performance and functionality.
Testing was comprehensive, spanning from evaluating the air conditioning system’s efficiency under high temperatures to assessing the electric powertrain’s prowess and the battery’s thermal management — Additionally, the team observed the truck’s behavior during rapid charging sessions at dedicated stations.
A prototype of the eActros 600 completed a 2,000-kilometer journey back to the Mercedes-Benz Trucks development and testing center in Wörth am Rhein, Germany, following a route from Granada through Valencia, Barcelona, Montpellier, and Lyon.
Dr. Konrad Götz, Deputy Head of Global Testing at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, expressed satisfaction with the results, highlighting the eActros 600’s success in overcoming both freezing conditions (as low as -13 ºF /-25 ºC) during winter testing in Finland and extreme heat in Spain. He stressed that the next phase involves real-world testing with customers.
The eActros 600 brings an innovative design for its driver’s cab, deviating from the conventional Actros model series; Drawing inspiration from a prototype showcased at IAA, it incorporates clear lines and aerodynamic aesthetics. Inside, the interior has also received upgrades.
A Peak Output Surpassing 600 kW
Its power comes from three battery packs, providing a combined capacity exceeding 600 kWh, with two electric motors generating a continuous output of 400 kW and a peak output surpassing 600 kW. The model lineup extends beyond the tractor unit, encompassing rigid variants to cater to diverse electric transport needs.
The eActros 600 was engineered to meet durability standards akin to conventional long-distance Actros models, ensuring its viability over 1.2 million kilometers across ten years.
From 20% to 80% in under 30 minutes
The batteries employ lithium-iron phosphate cell technology (LFP), known for their extended lifespan and greater usable energy. Mercedes-Benz Trucks promises that these batteries will be able to recharge from 20 to 80% in under 30 minutes at charging stations, boasting around one megawatt of output.
The company’s approach to battery-electric long-distance transport involves an all-encompassing solution, integrating vehicle technology, consultation, charging infrastructure, and services. With an emphasis on profitability, sustainability, and reliability, the eActros 600 may very well get lots of attention for being such an appealing choice for customers.
Debuting on October 10 globally, the electric truck will be ready for series production by 2024.