Mercedes makes some pretty impressive electric cars right now. The porpoise-esque EQS sedan packed with futuristic technology and its EQXX concept promise 750 miles almighty range. Now, the company has moved on to clean up its long-haul trucking operation with an all-new electric tractor-trailer The rig can cover 310 miles on a single charge.
Dubbed the Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul, the EV prototype is announced by the company’s trucking arm this week.
It will soon be tested around the world, where Its huge 600-The kWh battery pack will be put to the test transporting around all types of cargo. That impressive battery is paired with twin electric motorwhich Mercedes says can produce 400 kW (about 544 hp) of continuous power and a peak power of more than 600 kW, or about 815 hp.
That output can continue for “about 500 kilometers on a single charge,” according to Mercedes, which, according to Mercedes, is about 310 miles in the US.
That impressive range is paired with an equally impressive charging speed. Mercedes claims that the batteries in the eActros LongHaul can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in “well under 30 minutes” when you connect to a charging station with an output of “about one megawatt.” That’s equivalent to adding about an extra 180 miles of range in the time it takes me to drink a cup of coffee.
What’s more, Mercedes is also investigate electronic trailer for boost truck range more. It cites companies like Trailer Dynamics and Krone, which have developed their own battery- and electric-powered trailers to share some of the work with the tractors. With a self-propelled trailer towed, Mercedes claims eActros LongHaul can deliver “Range more than 800 km”, almost 500 miles.
Along with improving the technology built into its trucks, Mercedes is also committed to improving the charging infrastructure for heavy electric vehicles. Companies have cooperation with Volvo and Traton Group to install and operate the high efficiency chargers for heavy trucks and buses across Europe. The chargers installed under the new alliance will be used for all heavy commercial vehicles in Europe, regardless of brand.