Holcim is relying on the Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 to implement its sustainability strategy on a large scale. The Swiss building materials producer plans to add a total of 1,000 units of the battery-electric truck from Mercedes-Benz Trucks, which was only unveiled last October, to its European fleet. As strong partners, the two companies have signed a joint letter of intent to this end. The volume represents the largest single order planned to date for the eActros 600 and will contribute to achieving the sustainability goals of both companies.
The majority of the e-trucks will be used with silo trailers for the demanding transportation of building materials such as cement. The high battery capacity of over 600 kilowatt hours – hence the type designation 600 – and a new, particularly efficient electric drive axle developed in-house enable the e-truck to have a range of 500 kilometers without intermediate charging. This means that the eActros 600 will be able to cover well over 1,000 kilometers a day. Intermediate charging during the legally prescribed driver breaks – even without megawatt charging – makes this possible.
In addition to CCS charging with up to 400 kW, the eActros 600 will later also enable megawatt charging (MCS). Customers will be able to order pre-equipment for this from the start of sales. As soon as MCS technology is available and standardized across manufacturers, it will be possible to retrofit it to these eActros 600 models. The batteries can be recharged from 20 to 80 percent in around 30 minutes at an appropriate charging station with around one megawatt of power.
Visually, the e-truck is characterized by a fundamentally new, purist design with clear lines and an aerodynamic shape. The electric truck is set to set new standards in terms of profitability for fleet operators, which will enable it to replace the majority of diesel trucks in the important long-distance transport segment in the long term. The core of the Mercedes-Benz Trucks concept for battery-electric long-distance transport is to offer customers a comprehensive transport solution comprising vehicle technology, advice, charging infrastructure and services.
Series production is scheduled to start at the end of 2024. The eActros 600 will be produced from the outset as a tractor unit and as a flatbed chassis variant, offering customers numerous other possible applications in all-electric transport. A fleet of around fifty prototypes is currently being built, some of which will go into practical trials with the first customers in the next stage.