eActros 600 set for major European test tour

In Mercedes-Benz, News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMay 10, 2024

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is planning for this summer the most extensive test run in the history of the company – with its new electric flagship eActros 600.

Two near-series prototypes of the battery-electric long-haul truck will travel across more than 20 European countries, each completing more than 13,000km with 40 tonnes total towing weight.

The trip, dubbed “eActros 600 European Testing Tour 2024”, is set to kick off from Frankfurt/Main on June 11.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks said the tour will gain extensive experience on a wide range of routes in different topographies and climate zones, with an eye on energy consumption.

The company said it wants to use the tour to prove that the eActros 600 makes purely battery-electric, transnational long-distance haulage possible in Europe.

“We have put various prototypes of the eActros 600 through their paces over the last few years. Whether in the North of Finland or the South of Spain, the vehicle has long proven what it can do,” said Dr. Christof Weber, Head of Global Testing Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

“With series development, we are now on the finishing straight. The eActros 600 European Testing Tour 2024 enables us to send out a clear message a few months prior to the launch of series production: We are firmly convinced that the two eActros 600 prototypes will master extremely well this enormous feat of strength involving the most extensive test run by Mercedes-Benz Trucks to date.”

Since the start of sales of the eActros 600 at the end of last year, Mercedes-Benz Truck has already recorded more than 1000 firm orders.