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Haul right now? We hit the road in Mercedes’ AMAZING electric trucks |

Haul right now? We hit the road in Mercedes’ AMAZING electric trucks |

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Now, we’ve all been driving electric cars for a while now, and although there are many things to love, the environmental benefits are a big reason for us all wanting to make the switch. You can argue all you like about the impact of batteries, but there is no denying that local air pollution is better when EVs are around – especially in urban areas.

Which is where electric trucks like the ones we’re driving in this video are PERFECT.

Unlike our cars, the journeys done by bin lorries, buses and delivery trucks are predictable and regular. So the operator will know how much battery capacity they need and when they need to charge.

To find out more, we visited Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire to check out Mercedes’ growing range of all-electric large commercial vehicles.

First up is the eEconic which has three batteries, each with a capacity of approximately 112 kWh – that’s bigger than pretty much every electric car we can think of. And there are three of them! That gives a range of between 60 and 90 miles, which doesn’t sound a lot, but it does have to work for a living. A comparable diesel would be getting about 9mpg!

There are two motors, with a continuous output of 330 kW and maximum output of 400 kW. Unusually for an electric vehicle there’s a two-speed transmission – just like a Porsche Taycan!

Next up is the eActros 400, which means it has four of those whopper batteries, giving it a capacity of 448 kWh. That’s the same as 10 Corsas. This is designed for longer distance work, so has a range of about 250 miles. Finally, we have the eActros 300, which has three batteries with a total capacity of 336 kWh.

Charging? Well, if you are talking about delivery trucks or bin lorries, they can do their round and then come back to the depot and charge overnight. No problem. Easy.

These can all charge at 160 kW, meaning they can go from 20% battery to 80% in just over an hour with three batteries and in around an hour and a half with four batteries.

There’s no AC charging either, so you couldn’t plug these into a slow charger as there’s just no point.

Join Nicola and Tom as they take to the road in a range of all-electric trucks. Is this the future of haulage? Let us know in the comments below.


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