The Mercedes-Benz Trucks headquarters in Wörth was the venue recently for its ‘Shaping the Now and Next 2021’ event, at which the German manufacturer showcased its current and future vehicle concepts, services and solutions.
Actros L: new Mercedes-Benz flagship for long-distance haulage
Available in Ireland next year, the Actros L with be the largest, highest quality vehicle in the Actros model range. Its 2.5 metres wide driver’s cab will be available in StreamSpace, BigSpace and GigaSpace variants with a flat floor and spacious interior. Features will include improved cab noise insulation, optimised seating position and optionally available, newly designed LED headlamps.
Safety is enhanced through fifth-generation Active Brake Assist (ABA 5) emergency braking assistant with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist and MirrorCam, which replaces the main and wide-angle mirrors. Options include Sideguard Assist with active braking (Active Sideguard Assist) and second-generation Active Drive Assist (ADA 2) system which enables level 2 partially automated driving.
eActros: A new truck for a new era
In committing to the Paris Agreement’s aim of decarbonising the sector, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has set a target of switching its European product portfolio over to electrically powered trucks by 2039.
Designed for heavy distribution haulage, the new battery-electric eActros celebrated its world premiere earlier this year, having undergone extensive trials over a two year period.
The eActros will draw its energy from either three or four battery packs of 105 kWh each. Positioned beneath the frame, within a protective aluminium housing, they produce a total capacity of 315 or 420 kW respectively, the latter providing a range of up to 400 kilometres.
With a charging capacity of up to 160 kW, when connected to a regular 400A DC charging station, the three battery packs need little more than an hour to charge from 20 to 80 per cent.
Available as a two or three-axle truck with 19 or 27 tonnes permissible gross weight, its quiet drivetrain makes it suitable for night-time deliveries – easing strain on road networks during peak times.
eEconic: Fully electric municipal vehicle
The next milestone in the portfolio of electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Trucks will be the series eEconic. Intensive testing is underway, after which the vehicle will begin practical trials with customers.
With key technical specifications largely identical to those of the eActros, the eEconic is a waste collection vehicle designed to cover the vast majority of typical waste collection routes in a single shift, without intermediary charging.
eActros LongHaul and the GenH2 Truck: Electric models for long-distance haulage
In addition to distribution haulage and municipal operations, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is also committed to the use of alternative drive concepts for longer distances. The battery-electric eActros LongHaul is designed to cover regular journeys on plannable routes with a range of around 500 kilometres on just one charge.
A completely new generation of trucks with a drive system based on fuel cells and hydrogen is on its way in the form of the GenH2 Truck. With it, hauliers should be able to use the vehicle for flexible and demanding trips of up to 1000 kilometres and more without the need to stop and refill.
Coupled with digital solutions and a host of new and innovative safety systems, other topics showcased at the Mercedes-Benz Trucks event in Wörth included the “cellcentric” fuel cell joint venture with the Volvo Group, the goal of which is to become a leading global manufacturer of fuel-cell systems.