Another operator counts on the Mercedes-Benz eActros

As the first customer of the second test phase in Germany, DB Schenker has received a battery-electric eActros of the so-called ‘innovation fleet’. This leading company for global logistics services will use the 25-ton truck for the delivery of general cargo, such as palletized goods that are too large and heavy for parcel delivery in the city centre of Leipzig.

The eActros has a range of approximately 200 km and will cover about 100 km daily. The batteries of the electric truck will be charged at night at a charging station on the premises of DB Schenker in the north of the city. For more than a year now, DB Schenker has also been operating five Fuso eCanter light-duty trucks from Daimler Trucks in Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Paris.

The starting signal was given for the second test phase of the Mercedes-Benz eActros innovation fleet with a customer in the Netherlands earlier this month. More of the purely battery-powered trucks are now successively going to customers in Germany and Belgium.

Wolfgang Janda, senior VP head of network and line haul management at DB Schenker said: “As a pioneer for innovative logistic solutions with a company-wide fleet more than 30,000 vehicles, we at DB Schenker have set ourselves the goal of becoming the world’s leading provider of green logistics.”

Many findings from the first phase
One of the many findings gained during the practical tests in the first test phase is that the range of the eActros of approximately 200 kilometres has proven to be absolutely realistic – regardless of load, route or topography. The eActros is in no way inferior to a conventional truck in terms of availability and performance in urban traffic, on highways or on overland routes. The cooling system for the cargo and the air-conditioning system – both electrically operated – functioned without any limitations in both extreme heat and winter conditions. DB Schenker says its drivers are very pleased with the continuous availability of torque across the entire speed range.

DB Schenker also mentioned the truck’s quietness in operation and the pleasant, smooth driving experience. Furthermore, if the truck is driven with foresight, electrical energy can be recovered through recuperation, i.e., motor braking. It is then rarely necessary to use the brake pedal.

Swap body from Schmitz Cargobull
The W.BO swap body from Schmitz Cargobull for dry-goods transport is a smooth-wall box in steel construction with various equipment options such as double-decker system and roller door, and a keyhole system as standard equipment.

The eActros: locally CO2-neutral alternative for urban distribution transport
The eActros is based on the chassis of the Mercedes-Benz Actros. In addition, however, the vehicle’s architecture is completely geared to electric drive and has a high proportion of specific parts. Two electric motors close to the rear-axle wheel hubs provide drive with an output of 126 kW each and a maximum torque of 485 Nm each. This results in 11,000 Nm each after the transmission ratio, providing a performance equivalent to that of a conventional truck. Lithium-ion batteries with 240 kWh supply the energy for the eActros. Depending on the available charging power, the batteries can be fully charged within two hours (at 150 kW).