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40 ton electric truck introduced

World leader in heavy-duty vehicles Daimler Truck unveiled its first all-electric truck with a payload of 40 tonnes on Sunday, ahead of its US rival Tesla, which is struggling to launch its own.

A prototype Mercedes-Benz vehicle, dubbed the “electric eActros LongHaul”, was unveiled at a press conference ahead of the German utility trade show IAA, which opens in Hannover on Monday.

The eActros, with a range of about 500 kilometers per battery charge, is expected to be ready for series production in 2024.

Truck batteries can be sequentially charged from 20 to 80 percent at a charging station with a capacity of about one megawatt in less than 30 minutes.

American e-commerce giant Amazon and German logistics group Rhenus will be testing the vehicle in real operation from 2023 under an agreement signed with Mercedes-Benz Trucks, one of the Daimler Trucks group’s brands.

The manufacturer is also presenting in Hannover a second version of the eActros for transporting goods in urban and suburban areas with a range of 300 kilometers and a load capacity of up to 40 tons.

These electrified trucks have been designed with the same durability requirements as the diesel version of the Actros.

This means that in ten years of operation, the electric truck must travel 1.2 million kilometers, Mercedes-Benz assures.

According to Daimler Truck, CO2-neutral commercial vehicles will account for up to 60% of sales in thirty European countries by 2030.

US rival Tesla was strong in 2018 to launch a 40-tonne model with a range of 800 kilometers, looking to mass production from 2019.

Those plans have been shelved, but Tesla chief Elon Musk promised deliveries of his electric truck would begin “this year” in a tweet in August.

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