Mercedes-Benz Trucks delivered a fully electric 25-tonne truck with refrigerated compartment eActros to German retail association Edeka, which will road test it for one year in Berlin.

The eActros truck, which is based on the frame of the Mercedes-Benz Actros frame, has entirely electric drive with a large portion of specific parts. It is driven by two electric motors near the wheel hubs on the rear axle. Each motor has an output of 127 kW and 485 Nm. Downstream of a transition it makes for 11.000 Nm each, which is on a level of a similar diesel truck. Electric energy is stored in lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 240 kWh, with charging times between two and eleven hours.

The maximal permitted load of a truck is 11,5 tone, but since it is equiped by a fully electric refrigerated compartment, which was supplied by Schmitz Cargobull, it can transport up to 10 tonnes of refrigerated goods. It also makes for the nature of its use. The truck will namely be used to transport fresh, temperature sensitive food from the warehouse in Grünheide to various Edeka supermarkets in the city centre and suburbs of Berlin with the daily distance between 150 and 300 km. It also means that the vehicle will have to be charged during loading and unloading, to optimally utilise its range of around 200 km.

Edeka is one in a group of 20 customers, that are integrating 18 or 25-tonne electric trucks into their fleets to test them in real life operations.

Oct. 28, 2018 Driving photo: Daimler

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