Drive systems of the future

Drive systems of the future

Battery and fuel cell provide the conditions for tomorrow's transport.

If you want to protect the climate, there's no way past electrified vehicles. Batteries and fuel cells provide the opportunity of locally CO₂-neutral transport – which is why Mercedes-Benz Trucks started their development early and can now present concrete solutions: for many customers, the eActros has already proved itself in operation and series production is planned for 2021. And that is only the beginning, because by 2039 Mercedes-Benz will provide the right electric solution for virtually every requirement: from light-weight distribution to heavy-duty international freight. A clear commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Both technologies enable clean transport. If trips can be planned easily and the framework data suits the load, the battery-driven solution shows its strengths: it combines extremely high energy efficiency with low energy costs. However, where long distances and flexibility regarding the route and the load are needed, the fuel cell drive developed by Mercedes-Benz Trucks is the clear leader. It enables considerably greater range with a single tank of fuel. This is made possible for example by the use of hydrogen in liquid rather than gas form – liquid hydrogen provides considerably higher energy density.

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Daimler Trucks has been gathering experience with electric trucks since 2010. In 2017, the FUSO eCanter was delivered to customers in the USA, Japan and Europe in a small production series. Another example is the eActros, which has now been tested by customers in real operation in Europe for two years. In the USA, the first fully electric Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 are being tested in practice.

The ePowertrain platform is being developed and supported jointly by all Daimler truck developers the world over. This modular system is designed especially for the requirements of heavy-duty and medium-weight trucks. It will form the basis both for the development of the fuel cell and also for battery drive and it is geared for the future to be adapted to the needs of different markets and requirements.

Quiet, efficient and locally CO₂-neutral travel for heavy-duty distribution. That is the role of the battery-driven eActros, which is planned to go into series production in 2021. Only a year later, the specialist for urban tasks will extend the portfolio: like the eActros, the eEconic will also be available as an all-battery-driven version. The battery-driven eActros LongHaul, planned to go into production from 2024, will be ideal for longer distances. The Mercedes-Benz GenH2 truck, the fuel-cell concept truck, also premiered recently, and customer testing is planned to start in 2023.

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