Mercedes-Benz Vans has delivered one other all-electric eActros (earlier publish) to a buyer for on-road testing: Meyer-Logistik. For one 12 months, the corporate based mostly in Friedrichsdorf in Hessen will now be test-driving a 25-tonne truck with a refrigeration unit for transporting temperature-sensitive foodstuffs from the warehouse to completely different supermarkets within the heart of Hamburg.
The load of the transported items could be as much as 10 tonnes. The entire day’s tour is roughly 100 kilometres lengthy and is handled by one driver in a single shift at first. There isn’t a have to recharge through the journey as a result of the vary of the eActros is as much as 200 km.
Meyer-Logistik is one among twenty prospects from completely different industries which have built-in the heavy-duty electrical truck into their fleet. Every of those chosen prospects will put a near-series model of both the 18 or 25-tonne variant by means of its paces in actual operations and can take a look at the respective automobile for its suitability for his or her day by day area of labor.
The intention is to make regionally emission-free and quiet driving a actuality in cities by 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.
The primary eActros has been in motion since September with a buyer, and the second was handed over in the beginning of October. The remainder of the primary part of auto hand-overs might be accomplished by the tip of the 12 months. All take a look at prospects transport items in city areas and use the eActros for duties which might in any other case be carried out by typical diesel automobiles in a variety of various sectors and classes. The palette ranges from meals to constructing and industrial supplies. The physique variants vary from refrigerated and field our bodies to bulk items and tarpaulin our bodies.
The sensible checks with the eActros are an vital milestone for us on the best way to the collection product. Every buyer makes a useful contribution in direction of the additional improvement proper as much as collection manufacturing through the use of and testing the eActros in a really particular space of on a regular basis operation. Our specialists can be found to our prospects across the clock. Earlier than beginning, we now have given our prospects intensive recommendation. That features working collectively to outline their particular person necessities, select the corresponding variant of the eActros and kind out questions concerning the required infrastructure. Earlier than the checks began, our specialists gave the drivers and the shoppers’ dispatchers thorough teaching.—Oliver Kraft, Head of Key Account Administration Mercedes-Benz Vans Germany
The refrigerated substitute field on the eActros utilized by Meyer-Logistik is the W.KO COOL mannequin provided by Schmitz Cargobull. It has optimum insulation for energy-efficient transport of refrigerated items. This strong physique is suited to intensive day-to-day use. The purely electrically operated cooling unit capabilities fully emission-free and is specifically designed to be used in distribution site visitors.
The body of the Mercedes-Benz Actros is used as the idea for the eActros. In any other case, the automobile structure has been configured particularly for an electrical drive system, with a excessive proportion of particular parts. The drive axle, for instance, is predicated on the ZF AVE 130 that has already proved its value in hybrid and fuel-cell buses from Mercedes-Benz, and has now been basically revised for the eActros.
The drive system contains two electrical motors situated near the rear-axle wheel hubs. They’ve an output of 126 kW every, along with a most torque of 485 N·m every. The gearing ratios flip this into 11,000 N·m every, leading to a efficiency that’s comparable with that of a diesel truck.
The utmost permissible axle load stands on the ordinary 11.5 tonnes. The power comes from lithium-ion batteries with 240 kWh. Relying on the out there charging capability, they are often totally charged inside two to eleven hours (at 150 and 20 kW).
Daimler has already been gaining expertise with electrical vehicles since 2010, and since final 12 months it has had its first series-production, totally electrical truck out there and in buyer fingers: the Fuso eCanter light-duty truck. The primary eCitaro buses might be delivered from the tip of the 12 months, and can go into sensible operations within the context of so-called customer-oriented driving trials.
Within the van sector, the eVito from Mercedes-Benz Vans has been orderable since November 2017 and the primary deliveries are due very quickly. The eSprinter will observe in 2019. Subsequently, the automobiles from Daimler Vans, Daimler Buses and Mercedes-Benz Vans thus be sure that each facet of inner-city transport is catered for with electrical automobiles.
As a part of the “Idea ELV²” challenge, the event and testing of industrial quality electrical vehicles for distribution operations is backed to completely different levels by the Federal Surroundings Ministry (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Economic system and Power (BMWi).