Daimler Truck has launched the heavy-duty, battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul long-distance truck at the IAA event in Hannover.
Daimler Truck unveiled the concept prototype of the electric truck at a press conference ahead of the IAA on Sunday evening. The series-production eActros LongHaul will have a range of around 500 kilometers on a single battery charge and is capable of megawatt charging, said the company, when it enters the market in 2024.
Daimler is also exhibiting a battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 in a tractor version for flexible heavy-duty distribution transport, as well as a battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eAtego for the medium-duty segment.
“Since the last IAA four years ago we have moved forward at full speed with the transition to CO2-neutral transport. This year we already have eight pure battery-electric series-production vehicles in our portfolio,” said Martin Daum, CEO, Daimler Truck.
“However, it’s not enough just to offer the right vehicles. Our customers also need the suitable infrastructure. We are active here at a wide variety of levels. For a rapid build-up, it is essential that the entire industry and governments pull together.”
Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks added: “We are continuously expanding our portfolio of battery-electric trucks. Our focus is on offering clear advantages to our customers. Therefore, our electric trucks are specifically designed for e-mobility, giving them better drivability, energy efficiency and durability.”
Visitors are also able to see the light-duty, battery-electric FUSO Next Generation eCanter at the IAA following its world premiere in Japan earlier this month.
Karl Deppen, CEO Daimler Truck explained: “At FUSO, we are frontrunners in the electrification of commercial vehicles. Since the introduction of the small-series FUSO eCanter five years ago, we gained extensive experience and valuable feedback from customers running the trucks in daily operations.
“With the Next Generation eCanter, we are now offering our customers tailor-made e-Mobility solutions for a broad range of applications. By taking the next step extending our product portfolio and entering large scale production we continue to lead the sustainable transportation of the future.”
Daimler Truck has set a target of having vehicles 60 percent of its sales in Europe by 2030/ Sister company Daimler Buses has also set the goal of a completely CO2-neutral vehicle portfolio. Daimler Buses aims to offer CO2-neutral models in every segment by 2030.
In addition to the battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, which has been in series production since 2018, Daimler Buses announced plans to launch the first all-electric inter-city bus from 2025, adding that the first purely electric coach will follow from the end of this decade.
While the focus at IAA has been on e-mobility solutions, Daimler Buses is also presenting its next generation of the Setra TopClass and ComfortClass coaches with an efficient conventional drivetrain.
In terms of design, these models show the new “family face” and set standards for safety and assistance systems with Active Brake Assist 5 as standard and optional Active Drive Assist 2, claimed the firm.
“We have already achieved a lot in terms of electrification with our eCitaro and the respective services including infrastructure, construction, IT solutions and training<” said Till Oberwörder, CEO, Daimler Buses.
“In addition to the continuous advancement of our eCitaro, inter-city buses and coaches are now the focus of our development activities. For this, we have defined a clear roadmap.”