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Mercedes unveils refrigerated eActros electric demonstrator

Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK has teamed up with leading bodybuilder Solomon Commercials to launch Britain’s first fridge-bodied eActros electric truck.

The truck is based on a 4×2 eActros 300. Fitted with three nickel manganese cobalt battery packs, for a total installed capacity of 336kWh, it boasts a range of up to 330km (205 miles).

Mercedes-Benz Trucks says the batteries can be recharged from 20 to 80 per cent in 75 minutes, using a 400A 160kW charger.

The 19-tonne GVW eActros is a fully operational vehicle, and will now be offered for live demonstrations to operators across the UK.

The eActros is designed from the ground up as an electric truck. Its twin electric motors are located within the rear eAxle.

With no need for a prop shaft, chassis space is freed up for the batteries to be set across the full width of the vehicle. This helps to create a low centre of gravity which, in turn, translates into improved driving dynamics.

The motors drive through a special transmission with two forward and two reverse gears, allowing the truck to cruise at up to 89 km/h (55 mph).

The absence of a combustion engine under the ClassicSpace cab means there’s much less noise and vibration than in a traditional diesel-powered truck.

The body, meanwhile, is designed for optimum aerodynamic efficiency to reduce drag and thereby help to maximise range. It features a full Solomon Slipstream system incorporating tapered bulkhead, 3D roof deflector and sloping Kamm tail.

Refrigeration is controlled by a Carrier TRS Syberia overcab chiller unit and Carrier Datacold temperature monitoring system.

At the rear there’s a 1,500 kg Dhollandia column tail lift, as well as a reversing camera which is integrated with the truck’s Multimedia Cockpit display screens, so no extra in-cab hardware is required.

Other standard equipment includes MirrorCam, Active Brake Assist 5, and an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System.