Mercedes-Benz and Dachser of Germany have signed a letter of intent which will see 50 eActros LongHaul 6x2 swap body trucks join the fleet. The vehicles are expected to be in full series production by 2024.
“Dachser is a very valuable customer for us in sustainable transport. Dachser was already a committed testing partner during the development of the eActros 300/400 for heavy-duty distribution transport. We are all the more pleased that the logistics company is now also planning to rely on the eActros LongHaul in the next step, reinforcing our e-strategy.” said Stina Fagerman, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
“This Letter of Intent underlines our commitment to the development and testing of environmentally friendly commercial vehicle drives. The long range of the eActros LongHaul will enable us to transport goods between our European locations without emissions, even in heavy payload traffic and in long-haul transport. This is an important component of Dachser’s long-term climate protection strategy” commented Alexander Tonn, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Road Logistics at Dachser.
As part of its sustainable urban delivery strategy, “DACHSER Emission-Free Delivery,” DACHSER has been deploying battery electric vehicles like the FUSO eCanter and the eActros since 2018. Battery-powered vans and lorries deliver all shipments locally CO2-neutral as standard in a designated inner-city region in eleven European cities. Dachser also distributes the consignments on electrically assisted cargo bikes for the final mile. The Stuttgart pilot project won the “Sustainable Urban Logistics” competition held by the Federal Environment Agency and German Federal Ministry for the Environment in 2018.
“We have had very good experiences in city logistics with the performance of BEV vehicles. It was therefore logical to take the next step – long-distance driving – together with Mercedes-Benz Trucks,” says Stefan Hohm, Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Dachser.