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Mercedes-Benz begins fleet testing eActros electric truck

by Justin King

The company built several variants with gross vehicle weights of up to 25 metric tons and electric range up to 124 miles.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has launched a fleet testing program for its all-electric truck, known as the eActros.

The company claims to be the first manufacturer in the world with a heavy-duty electric truck, building ten vehicles in two variations with gross vehicle weight ratings of up to 25 metric tons.

The eActros employs a ZF-sourced drive axle that has already been used in hybrid and fuel-cell buses. It has been revamped for higher ground clearance, with two electric motors located close to the rear-axle wheel hubs. Each provides 168 horsepower and 358 pound-feet of torque.

"The gearing ratios convert this into 11,000 Nm (8,113 pound-feet) each, resulting in driving performance on a par with that of a diesel truck," the automaker says.

Witha 240-kilowatt-hour battery pack -- also borrowed from a bus -- the eActros boasts a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge.

The experimental fleet will be used by customers for day-to-day operational testing. Mercedes-Benz Trucks says the EVs "could go into series production by 2021."

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