First Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 semitrailer tractor delivered in Germany

In Mercedes-Benz, News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 3, 2023

The first Mercedes-Benz eActros 300 semitrailer tractor has been delivered in Germany, to Logistik Schmitt.

Logistik Schmitt, based in Bietigheim, Baden-Württemberg, will initially use the e-truck to transport engines between its logistics plant in Germersheim and the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth, 25km away, in multi-shift operation.

Later, the engine plant in Mannheim will also be included in the route. Initially, the logistics company will add a total of six eActros 300 semitrailer tractors to its fleet.

The first semitrailer tractor version of the small eActros 300’s series was transferred to the Dutch food logistics company Simon Loos in June 2023.

Official series production of the eActros 300 variant is set to begin at the end of the year.

“Logistics Schmitt has been an important partner for testing the eActros since 2019,” said Ronald Ott, Head of Sales Trucks Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Germany.

“From the first prototype to the electric articulated truck – Logistik Schmitt has supported the development steps of the e-truck with intensive tests. We are all the more pleased that the company is now including the eActros permanently into its fleet.”

The availability of charging options is also crucial to the successful operation of electric vehicles. Logistik Schmitt began developing a suitable charging infrastructure at its locations at an early stage. Suitable charging stations are also available at the unloading points at the Wörth plant.

The eActros 300 semitrailer tractor is based on the same technology as the eActros 300/400 with a platform chassis, which has been in series production since 2021. Three battery packs with 112 kWh installed battery capacity each enable a range of up to 220km with a single battery charge. The eActros 300 can be charged with up to 160 kW: the three battery packs require just over an hour to charge from 20 to 80% at a standard DC rapid charging station with 400A charging current.