This is a partly automated translation of this German article by dpa.
Daimler Truck presents the battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 long-haul truck. The e-truck is scheduled to go into series production at the end of 2024.
Commercial vehicle manufacturer Daimler Truck has unveiled the series version of its battery-electric long-haul truck, the Mercedes-Benz E-Actros 600. Sales will start this year and series production is scheduled for the end of next year, the company announced after the presentation on the A7 highway in Egestorf, Lower Saxony. With a battery capacity of over 600 kWh, a range of 500 km should be possible without intermediate charging, according to the Group.
In the long term, the e-truck could replace the majority of diesel trucks in the long-distance transport segment, according to the press release. The timeframe within which cost parity can be achieved varies from country to country, with the price of electricity and diesel and the respective toll system playing a particular role.
E-Actros Pays for Itself in Around Five Years
In countries such as Germany and France, for example, the e-truck could be more profitable than a long-distance diesel truck within the average holding period of the vehicle of around five years or after around 600,000 km, despite a purchase price that is around two to two and a half times higher, according to Daimler Truck. However, the company did not provide exact figures on the prices when asked.
"We believe it is possible to achieve sales in the four-digit range in the first twelve months," the head of the Mercedes-Benz Truck brand, Karin Rådström, told the dpa (Deutsche Presse-Agentur). By 2030, up to 60 percent of sales in Europe could be e-trucks because it would make more sense for many customers from a total cost perspective, said Rådström. In her opinion, providing the infrastructure is a bigger challenge than developing e-trucks. This will determine the speed of electrification in the transport sector.