Amazon and German logistics specialist Rhenus signed a letter of intent with Mercedes-Benz Trucks to begin testing the eActros LongHaul in real-world operations as early as 2023.
Rhenus will use the e-truck in many different business areas, including the transport of sea containers and with a tarpaulin trailer. The eActros LongHaul will also be tested on public roads this year. Series production is planned for 2024.
The eActros LongHaul will have a range of around 500 km (310 miles) on a single battery charge and is capable of high-performance charging, Mercedes-Benz Trucks said. A “concept prototype” of the eActros LongHaul will be the highlight of Mercedes-Benz Trucks at this year’s IAA Transportation exhibition in Hanover, Germany.
“As with all our e-trucks, we will rely on early practical tests with customers for our eActros LongHaul,” said Michael Scheib, head of Product Management, Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “By doing so our engineers will be able to incorporate valuable knowledge gained from real-world operations - especially with regard to high-performance charging - directly into the development of the series-production vehicle. We are very pleased with the planned partnerships with Amazon and Rhenus.”