The electric truck market is heating up as more and more manufacturers are launching their own models to meet the growing demand for zero-emission freight transportation. One of the most anticipated and impressive electric trucks is the Mercedes-Benz eActros 600, unveiled by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, the European division of commercial vehicle maker Daimler Truck, at a world premiere event in Hamburg on October 10, 2023. The eActros 600 is a battery-electric long-haul truck that aims to challenge Tesla's Semi, which is expected to enter production in late 2023 or early 2024. In this article, we will take a closer look at the features, specifications, and prospects of the eActros 600 and how it compares to Tesla's Semi.
A new standard for electric trucks
The Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 is not just a conventional truck with an electric drivetrain. It is a completely new vehicle that has been designed from scratch to meet the specific requirements of long-distance transport. According to Mercedes-Benz Trucks, the eActros 600 defines the new standard in terms of technology, sustainability, design, and profitability.
One of the most distinctive features of the eActros 600 is its high battery capacity of more than 600 kilowatt-hours (kWh) – hence the model designation 600. The battery consists of three modules of 207 kWh each, which are located between the axles and under the cab. The battery uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells, which are known for their high energy density, long cycle life, and safety. The battery can be charged at up to 400 kW using a CCS connector, which means that it can be fully recharged in about 90 minutes.
The battery provides power to an electric axle developed in-house by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, which features two electric motors and a four-speed gearbox. The electric axle operates at 800 volts and delivers a continuous output of 400 kW and a peak output of 600 kW. The four-speed gearbox allows for optimal efficiency and performance at different speeds and road conditions. The eActros 600 also has an intelligent energy management system that optimizes the power consumption and recuperation of the vehicle.
The eActros 600 has a gross combination weight (GCW) of up to 44 tonnes and a payload of about 22 tonnes with a standard trailer. It offers a range of up to 500 kilometers (310 miles) without intermediate charging, which covers most of the daily routes in long-haul transport. The eActros 600 also has a modular design that allows for different configurations and applications, such as refrigerated transport, tank transport, or container transport.
The eActros 600 also boasts a futuristic and aerodynamic design that reflects its innovative character. The cab has a sleek, streamlined shape that reduces air resistance and improves visibility. The front grille has been replaced by a black panel that displays the Mercedes-Benz logo and various lighting functions. The side mirrors have been replaced by cameras that project the rear view on two screens inside the cab. The cab also has a spacious and comfortable interior that offers various features for the driver's convenience and safety, such as digital instruments, touchscreens, voice control, driver assistance systems, and connectivity services.