STUTTGART / ARLBERG PASS, Austria — An electric big rig has successfully crossed a section of the Alps while hauling a 40-ton load.
A special focus was placed on energy recovery through recuperation, which can be used extensively in the alpine topography of Tyrol.
During recuperation, energy gained during braking is returned to the eActros’ batteries and then made available to the drive unit, the news release stated. The electric tractor unit was able to recover a total of around 180 kWh of energy.
At the end of the tour, about 40% of the energy was still available.
“The tractor unit version of the eActros 300 expands the application options of the eActros for heavy-duty distribution transport,” Stina Fagerman, head of sales, marketing and services at Mercedes-Benz Truck, said. “The intensive tests in Austria have shown our electric truck can reliably fulfill its tasks, even in a particularly challenging topography with extreme uphill and downhill grades.”
In total, the electric semi-trailer climbed 7,545 feet in altitude during the test — the maximum grade was at 13%.
On the way to the test area, the truck’s batteries were charged only at public charging stations.
Series production launch of the eActros 300 tractor is planned for the second half of 2023.
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