The manufacturer showed a “concept prototype” of the eActros LongHaul, which features an electric power take-off for semi-trailers such as tippers, making it suitable for deliveries to construction sites. Mercedes has already been equipping the eActros, which went into series production in 2021, for heavy-duty distribution with the appropriate electric power take-off.
Together with partners, Mercedes is also presenting a battery-electric prototype of the Arocs construction site truck as a mixer, featuring high ground clearance and off-road capability.
Mercedes-Benz says about 20% of the trucks it sells in Europe are in the construction site segment, making it the second most important market segment for the manufacturer after long-distance transport.
“We are working on a completely CO2-neutral portfolio, including the demanding construction segment,” said Karin Rådström, CEO Mercedes-Benz Trucks. “Particularly versatile, robust and powerful trucks are in demand here. It is also a very complex area for electrification due to the wide variety of applications. Partnerships between vehicle manufacturers and bodybuilders are therefore crucial to offer our customers the right solutions.”
“Construction site vehicles such as concrete truck mixers are among the most energy-intensive applications—both due to materials transported and the operation of the bodies,” said Stina Fagerman, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services. “A lot of CO2 can be saved by complete electrification. At the same time, low-noise e-vehicles can make a significant contribution to noise reduction, especially at construction sites in urban areas. The social and political pressure on our customers is significant.”
Source: Daimler Truck