Holcim Relies on Mercedes-Benz Battery-Electric Trucks
Holcim will rely on the Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 to implement its sustainability strategy on a large scale. The Swiss building materials producer plans to add a total of 1,000 units of the battery-electric truck from Mercedes-Benz Trucks to its European fleet. Both companies have signed a joint letter of intent for this purpose. The volume represents the largest planned single order to date for the eActros 600 contributing to the achievement of the sustainability goals of both companies.
The majority of the electric trucks will be used with silo trailers for the transport of building materials such as cement. The high battery capacity of more than 600 kWh and a new, particularly efficient electric drive axle developed in-house, enable the e-truck to achieve a range of 500 km without intermediate charging. Therefore, the eActros 600 will be able to travel significantly more than 1,000 km/d. This is made possible by intermediate charging during the legally prescribed driver breaks – even without megawatt-charging.
“Holcim is advancing the transition to more sustainable and efficient transportation by decarbonizing our operations’ logistics. We are excited to be partnering with Mercedes-Benz Trucks to electrify our fleet, accelerating our goal for 30% of our heavy-duty truck purchases or contracts to be zero-emission by 2030,” said Miljan Gutovic, region head Europe, Holcim.
In addition to CCS charging with up to 400 kW, the eActros 600 will later also enable megawatt charging (MCS). From the start of sales, customers can order a pre-installation for this. As soon as MCS technology becomes available and is standardized across manufacturers, it is planned to be retrofittable for these models of the eActros 600. The batteries can be charged from 20 to 80% in about 30 minutes at a suitable charging station with an output of around 1 MW.
The start of series production is planned for the end of 2024. In addition to the tractor unit, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will also produce rigid variants of the eActros 600 right from market launch, offering customers further possible applications for all-electric transport. A fleet of around 50 prototype vehicles is currently being built, some of which are also to be put into practical testing with first customers in a next step.
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