Mercedes-Benz Trucks unveils electric enhancements as IAA show returns

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A way of custom returned to Hannover, Germany, this morning because the world’s largest truck present — IAA Transportation — opened after a four-year hiatus as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

Karin Radstrom, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vehicles, mentioned on the outset that security, effectivity and luxury are the three cornerstones of Daimler’s truck design, reiterating the worldwide producer’s precedence to hearken to buyer suggestions within the improvement of its merchandise, “it doesn’t matter what nation”. 

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Stina Fagerman, head of selling, gross sales and companies at Mercedes-Benz Vehicles, and Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Vehicles. (Photograph: Equipped)

Daimler is showcasing its portfolio of absolutely electrical automobiles right here, together with the heavy-duty, battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros longhaul truck, offered to the general public for the primary time. Three battery packs present an put in complete capability of over 600 kWh, and two electrical motors — a part of a brand new e-axle — generate a steady output of 400 kW and a peak output of greater than 600 kW.  

It additionally secured the IAA’s Truck Innovation Award.

The eActros LongHaul meets the identical sturdiness necessities as a comparable typical Mercedes-Benz Actros, Daimler says. That’s 1.2 million kilometers on the highway over a interval of 10 years. Collection manufacturing is deliberate for 2024.

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The wActros. (Photograph: Steve Bouchard)

Increasing portfolio 

“We’re repeatedly increasing our portfolio of battery-electric vans. Our focus is on providing clear benefits to our prospects. Subsequently, our electrical vans are particularly designed for e-mobility, giving them higher drivability, vitality effectivity, and sturdiness,” Radstrom mentioned. And the work concerned greater than electrifying diesel vans. “We needed to make a truck which is actually designed to be electrical from the beginning.” 

Daimler has adopted lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, which promise extra vary, longer service life, and extra sturdiness. In addition they assist megawatt charging, which suggests the batteries can recharge from 20% to 80% in nicely below half-hour.

“We all know that about 60% of longhaul journeys in Europe are shorter than 500 km, so many purchasers can do their job without having any public charging,” Radstrom mentioned.  That imply they’ll recharge a truck when it returns to residence base. However for many who want charging on the highway, Daimler, Volvo and Traton are linked in a three way partnership to develop public charging infrastructure.

However although Daimler’s press convention highlighted the battery-electric choices, the OEM didn’t low cost fuel-cell-electric vans.

“We’re nonetheless satisfied we want each electrical and fuel-cell vans for a zero-emission future —  with the intention to have sufficient inexperienced vitality, but in addition as a result of fuel-cell will likely be higher for longer and extra demanding routes,” Radstrom mentioned.

By 2039, Daimler Truck needs all its new automobiles in Europe, Japan and North America to be CO2-neutral when measured from “tank to wheel”.

MirrorCam view

One of the improved applied sciences on two of the Mercedes vans on show — the MirrorCam – shouldn’t be but authorized in North America until matched to a conventional mirror.

“One of the seen enhancements on the Actros L is the mirror-cam,” says Stina Fagerman, head of selling, gross sales and companies. “Its digicam arms have been shortened by 10 cm. It has now almost the identical perspective as regular mirrors, and that’s good as a result of it’s making driving backwards even simpler. Being shorter, collisions with objects on the fringe of the highway at the moment are impossible. The tone mapping of the cameras has additionally been improved, which means: the shows present distinction higher than earlier than. This helps so much when driving the in the dead of night.”

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