While the massive delivery of Tesla Semi electric trucks is not impressive, the heavy artillery is being brought in. Mercedes-Benz has presented the eActros 600 electric tractor with a range of 500 km as part of a 44-ton road train.
The eActros 600 has an engine with a peak output of up to 600 kW in combination with Predictive Powertrain Control and a 4-speed transmission.
The truck’s lithium-iron-phosphate batteries have a 6-year warranty and can hold up to 1,200,000 kilometers of range. The batteries can be charged from a megawatt charge from 20% to 80% in about 30 minutes, and are much more environmentally friendly than other batteries.
Instead of conventional mirrors, the eActros 600 has MirrorCam cameras with an increased viewing angle. The car is equipped with semi-automatic driving systems Active Driv Assist 3, improved emergency braking function Active Brake Assist 6, and Active Sideguard Assist 2.
The Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 tractor has a price tag 2.5 times higher than a similar truck with an internal combustion engine, but in 5 years or 600,000 kilometers, the eActros 600 should pay off the difference. Pre-orders for the Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 will start this year, but mass production of the truck will begin only at the end of 2024.
In addition to the truck tractor, Mercedes-Benz plans to produce other variants of the eActros 600. Currently, about fifty prototypes are being built, which will be handed over to real customers for testing.