DB Schenker to acquire 100 eActros LongHaul

DB Schenker has signed a letter of intent to acquire 100 Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul for European long-distance haulage operations.

The use of the battery-electric eActros LongHaul is intended to contribute to achieving carbon dioxide neutrality on DB Schenker's balance sheet by 2040. The electric truck has a range of around 500 km on a single charge and is expected to reach series maturity in 2024.

Cyrille Bonjean, head of land transport at DB Schenker Europe, said: “With the eActros LongHaul, it is now also possible to use battery-electric vehicles on long distances.”

Development engineers at Mercedes-Benz Trucks are designing the eActros LongHaul so that it offers 1.2 million km on the road over a period of ten years. The batteries used in the eActros LongHaul employ lithium-iron phosphate cell technology. They can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in under 30 minutes at a charging station with an output of about one megawatt. Three battery packs provide an installed total capacity of over 600 kWh and two electric motors, as part of a new e-axle, generate a continuous output of 400 kW and a peak output of over 600 kW. In addition to the tractor unit, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will also produce rigid variants of the eActros LongHaul right at the launch. After successful winter tests in Rovaniemi, Finland, at temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees, testing on public roads will follow.

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