Daimler Truck has unveiled its battery-electric eActros LongHaul truck and an expansion of its eMobility portfolio at the IAA Transportation event in Hannover, Germany.
The company unveiled a concept prototype of the electric truck at a press conference ahead of the event opening on Sunday evening. The series-production eActros LongHaul has a range of around 500 kilometres on a single battery charge and is capable of megawatt charging.
Readiness for series production is planned for 2024. Another innovation at the trade show is the battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 in a tractor version for flexible heavy-duty distribution transport. In addition, Daimler Truck has announced the battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eAtego for the medium-duty segment. The manufacturer is presenting the light-duty, battery-electric FUSO Next Generation eCanter at the IAA – celebrating its European premiere at IAA Transportation just two weeks after its world premiere. By 2030 commercial vehicles that are CO2-neutral in driving operation should account for up to 60% of Daimler Truck sales in EU30 markets.
As a business unit of Daimler Truck, the world’s leading bus manufacturer 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 plans to launch the first all-electric inter-city bus from 2025. The first purely electric coach will follow from the end of this decade.
Martin Daum, CEO Daimler Truck: “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. 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 eMobility giving them better drivability, energy efficiency and durability.”
Karl Deppen, CEO Daimler Truck Asia, said: “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 eMobility 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.”
Till Oberwörder, CEO Daimler Buses, commented: “We have already achieved a lot in terms of electrification with our eCitaro and the respective services including infrastructure, construction, IT solutions and training. 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.”
Image courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK.