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Mercedes-Benz Trucks, a unit of Daimler Trucks, announced series production of its heavy-duty battery-electric eActros model intended for distribution applications is scheduled to start in 2021.
It will be made at its plant in Wörth am Rhein, Germany, alongside trucks with combustion engines — with the basic vehicle structure being built on one line regardless of whether it will be getting a conventional combustion engine or an electric powertrain.
The eEconic model, designed for municipal use such as refuse collection and with a range of 62 miles, is based on the eActros and is intended to follow it into series production in 2022, according to the Stuttgart, Germany-based company.
“At the site, preparations are in full swing to get our production ready for the demands associated with electric drive systems,” Matthias Jurytko, head of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth, said in a release. “For example, we are currently training our future specialists in the field of high-voltage systems — a fundamental area of expertise as far as the assembly of automotive batteries and the construction of electric trucks is concerned.”
The eActros prototype’s range of around 120 miles has proven to be perfectly realistic regardless of load, route or topography after trials with customers, the company reported.
They will be available to order as a two-axle and a three-axle model. Daimler Trucks will also include consultancy services relating to electric mobility. Among these are route analysis, checking for possible subsidies, support with operational fleet integration and formulating suitable solutions for charging infrastructure. — Transport Topics
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