EDEKA begins on-road take a look at of the Mercedes-Benz eActros heavy-duty electrical truck

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Mercedes-Benz Vans has delivered a totally electrical eActros (earlier submit) for on-road testing to EDEKA. The German retail affiliation will likely be testing a 25-tonne truck with refrigerated physique for one 12 months in Berlin, the place it is going to be used to move contemporary, temperature-sensitive foodstuffs in Germany’s capital.


The day by day route from the warehouse in Grünheide on the outskirts of Berlin to numerous EDEKA grocery store branches within the metropolis middle and surrounding areas is between 150 and 300 km (93 and 186 miles). The automobile will function in a double shift sample. The burden of the transported items may be as much as 10 tonnes.

Throughout loading and unloading, the automobile is charged to make sure that the full vary of the eActros (as much as 200 km with a single battery cost) is optimally utilized. EDEKA is the one firm from the retail sector in Germany which is able to use the eActros in its personal fleet of automobiles.

EDEKA is one among a gaggle of 20 prospects—all from numerous industries—that are actually integrating the heavy-duty electrical truck into their fleets. Every of those chosen prospects will put a near-series model of both the 18 or 25-tonne variant by its paces in actual operations and can take a look at the respective automobile for its suitability for his or her day by day subject of labor.

The intention of Mercedes-Benz Vans is to make emission-free and quiet driving a actuality in cities from the 12 months 2021, additionally with collection heavy-duty vehicles—and all of this as economically viable as with a diesel truck. The take a look at collection consists of two phases, every with ten prospects and spanning a complete of round two years.

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The event and testing of the heavy-duty electrical truck in short-radius distribution operations is sponsored as a part of the “Idea ELV²” mission to various levels by the German Federal Ministry for the Surroundings (BMU) and the Federal Ministry for Financial Affairs and Power (BMWi).

Being concerned with future applied sciences performs a key position for EDEKA as a driver of innovation within the retail sector. We’re already dedicated to decreasing emissions in lots of areas – significantly in the case of logistics. That is the place electrical mobility is available in because it presents many alternatives but additionally poses a number of challenges. We sit up for gaining precious expertise with this on-road take a look at in Berlin.

—Rolf Lange, Head of Company Communications at EDEKA’s Hamburg headquarters

The detachable container on the eActros utilized by EDEKA is the “W.KO COOL” mannequin provided by Schmitz Cargobull. It has optimum insulation for energy-efficient transport of refrigerated items. Thies sturdy physique is fitted to intensive day-to-day use. Cooled completely by electrical energy, the cooling unit is completely emission-free and is specifically designed to be used in distribution transport.

The primary eActros of the “innovation fleet” has been in service at a buyer since September. The remainder of the primary section of car hand-overs will likely be accomplished by the top of the 12 months. All take a look at prospects function in short-radius distribution and use the eActros for duties which might in any other case be carried out by standard diesel automobiles—the shoppers cowl a broad spectrum of various sectors and classes. The palette ranges from meals to constructing and industrial supplies. The our bodies fluctuate from refrigeration models to dry containers, silos or tarpaulin-covered models.

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