Which E-truck Daimler freight traffic wants to make more sustainable

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Which E-truck Daimler freight traffic wants to make more sustainable-e-truck

In view of the energy transition in road freight transport, more than ever, the question of the optimal drive technology for their requirements is becoming for transport operators. Still a classic diesel truck? Or even a completely electrified truck? The decision must be well covered and to be calculated throughout the time of use. Finally, the investment must be paid in a truck in the end. The changes in drive technologies are also associated with numerous challenges, for example with regard to fleet integration, charging infrastructure or network connection.

Which current and future vehicle concepts as well as services and solutions Mercedes-Benz Trucks want to generate high added value for its customers, the company presented a few days ago as part of the “Shaping the Now and Next 2021” event. Already completely electrified and local CO2-neutral presented the EACTROs produced in WOrth in June 2021 and from October 2021 in WOrth in series, EACTROs for serious distribution traffic and the following Eeconic for municipal use in the second half of 2022.

From 2024 the EACTROS LONGHAUL will achieve the production maturity, and 2027 are to be handed over first production vehicles of the Genh2 truck with hydrogen-based fuel cell drive to customers – both vehicles then enable the local CO2 neutral road goods transport even in long-distance traffic. Depending on individual customer use, the battery-electric powered and hydrogen-based fuel cell trucks complement each other, the lighter the charge and the shorter the distance, the sooner the battery is used. The harder the charge and the longer the distance, the sooner the fuel cell will be the means of choice.

A new truck for a new era: the EACTROS

For all the maturity of classical diesel truck, development is also increasingly to electrified drives in the commercial vehicle sector in the next few years. In this context, Mercedes-Benz Trucks pursued the goal of a local CO2-neutral freight traffic through hydrogen-based battery and fuel cell technology. The company is thus committed to the Parisian Climate Agreement, ie to the decarbonization of the industry, and wants to completely switch his portfolio by 2039 in Europe completely on electrically powered trucks.

The emergence of the EACTROS conceived for serious distribution traffic, which celebrated its world premiere at the end of June 2021 and previously tested extensively by customers in Germany and other European countries for about two years under the “Eactros Innovation Fleet” in practice. Technological centerpiece of the EACTros is the drive unit with two integrated electric motors and two-speed gearboxes. The two engines ensure high driving dynamics, at the same time the quiet and emission-free electric drive also allows night deliveries as well as the entrance to inner cities in which there are diesel bans. His energy draws the EACTROS from three or four each about 105 kWh strong battery packs each. The maximum capacity of approx. 420 kWh enables a range of up to 400 kilometers.

The EACTROS can be loaded up to 160 kW: The three battery packets require a 400A charging current at a conventional DC fast load column with 400A charging current a little more than an hour to be charged from 20 to 80 percent. About the state of charge of the batteries, the remaining range as well as the current and average energy consumption in KWh per 100 kilometers informs continuously a display of the Multimedia Cockpits interactive installed in the EACTROS as standard. For standard safety equipment, among other things, the external Acoustic Vehicle Alerting system for improved acoustic perception, for example, by pedestrians or cyclists, the turning assist S1R for more security in the right turn and the emergency brake assistant Active Brake Assist of Fifth Generation with pedestrian recognition.

Fully electric municipal use: the Eeconic

Next milestone in the electrified vehicle portfolio of Mercedes-Benz Trucks will be the EECONIC scheduled for the second half of 2022. Currently there are still intensive series of experiments before the vehicle is then in a next step in the practice testing at customers. A customer has already decided today for the series Eeconic. The company URBASER A / S (DENMARK) operated in the disposal area in Denmark has appointed eleven vehicles. The central technical specifications of the EECONIC are largely identical to those of the EACTROS. The EECONIC is intended to cover the large majority of the ECONIC-typical waste collection routes in the single-point operation without intermediate shuttle.

The electric powertrain allows a flat driver’s floor – which facilitates the broadcaster by the cabin, a special advantage, especially if the driver wants to get off on the traffic-facing site about the folding door on the passenger side. A clear upgrade to the conventional ECONIC also means the modern and intuitive multimedia cockpit. Another feature highlight is the panorama glazing, and the coated and heated thermocontrol windshield prevents a weather-related fogging of the disc and thus increases the free view of the traffic area. In addition, the disk reduces heating of the interior through the sunlight.

Large security plus in city traffic: As standard, the EECONIC has the turn-up assistant S1R and the emergency brake assistant Active Brake Assist of the Fifth Generation. The Eeconic celebrates its trade fair premiere at the IFAT 2022 in Munich.

Electrification of the portfolio for long-distance traffic: The Eactros Longhaul and the Genh2 Truck

In addition to distribution and municipal traffic, Mercedes-Benz Trucks also relies on alternative drive concepts for longer distances. So it should allow the 2024 going battery electric EACTROS LONGHAUL to cover regular rides on predictable routes with a range of approximately 500 kilometers with only one battery charge energy-efficient.

For a completely new generation of trucks driven on the basis of fuel cells and hydrogen, the Genh2 Truck is. Transport companies should use the vehicle for flexible and demanding rides of up to 1000 kilometers and more without tank stop. The performance of the vehicle is due to the use of liquid rather than gaseous hydrogen due to the significantly higher energy density equal with that of a comparable conventional diesel truck.

After intensive series of advanced prototype, the Mercedes-Benz Trucks has been conducting since April 2021, 2021 initial tests should start on public roads. The beginning of customer proofs is planned for 2023 and from 2027 the first production vehicles of the Genh2 Truck should be handed over to customers.

Hydrogen offensive with Volvo Group and Shell

In addition to battery-electric powered truck, Mercedes-Benz trucks in electric truck with hydrogen-based fuel cell drive sees a key technology for the CO2-neutral transport of the future. In order to promote the development of this technology, Daimler Truck AG was founded in March 2021 together with the Volvo Group the Fuel Cell Joint Venture CellCentric. Cellcentric has the ambition to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fuel cell system.

For this, the company plans to build one of the largest series productions of fuel cell systems in Europe. The production start is provided for 2025. Not unmentioned remaining in connection with fuel cell trucks also by Daimler Truck AG and Shell New Energies NL B.V. (Shell) cooperation agreed in May 2021. The two partners plan to build a hydrogen tank infrastructure and the introduction of fuel cell trucks in Europe.

Business ecosystem with consulting services

In order to support customers when switching to the for the time being purely battery electrical e-mobility with each step, Mercedes-Benz Trucks embed the EACTROS as well as the Eeconic into an ecosystem, which also includes consulting and service offers as well as digital solutions for high vehicle usage and optimization the total cost. For example, on the basis of existing routes, the most realistic and meaningful usage profile of electrical trucks can be determined for the respective customer.

Also part of the so-called econsulting are in addition to the electrification of the operating courtyard, depending on the customer’s request, all questions of planning, application and implementation around the charging infrastructure as well as the network connection. Mercedes-Benz Trucks has set a strategic partnership with Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Engie and Evbox Group. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, if desired, gives assistance with the identification of possible public funding of infrastructure and vehicles.

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3 thoughts on “Which E-truck Daimler freight traffic wants to make more sustainable”

  1. Freight transport belongs to the rail and the local distribution must be solved via electric vehicles, alone because of the exhaust gas loads.
    The constipation through trucks and road construction for more and more trucks must be an end.
    In addition, trucks can be autonomised in the future to allow savings through optimized traffic flow at optimal speeds and without service life, for which then fewer vehicles would be needed.
    The world starts slowly to the product man.

  2. Haha, everything on cargo and trains as well as in Zeppeline. As earlier than the colonial merchant in the village once a month has received an oversense box with lemons and oranges. Today, every discounter is avocados and physalis. But well-known goods come from far from: organic potatoes from Israel, onions from Egypt and asparagus from Peru, North Sea Crabs from Morocco. All this needs the truck because it is flexible. This will drive autonomously in the medium term, but in any case drive with electricity. So what?

  3. From 2024 Should the EACTROS LONGHAUL reach serial maturity, and 2027 Should first production vehicles of the Genh2 truck with hydrogen-based fuel cell drive be transferred to customers – both vehicles then allow the local CO2 neutral road goods transport in long-distance traffic.

    So the next 3 or. 6 years you could basically put the topic “Daimler E-trucks”, except in small quantities and mainly for the short distances probably does not happen much.

    It probably has to come to Tesla with the Semi Truck, otherwise this runs only in the snail atmosphere and the hydrogen fuel cell trucks run without the very high subsidies as good as nothing.

    The reason for the hesitant behavior is the price. For batteries smaller price reductions are sufficient to start through, but in fuel cells, prices must decline vigorously and that takes.


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