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Hermes to test new electric truck


Hermes to test new electric truck

Ian Kerr

Hermes in Germany is taking another step towards its emissions goal with a trial of an electric truck from Daimler. The delivery company is one of ten German and Swiss firms testing the new eActros.

Already, Hermes has started integrating electric vehicles into its delivery fleet, including Ducato-based electric vans, and a growing number of electric Mercedes-Benz vans. Hermes has also trialled tricycles from TRIPL in inner-city Göttingen.

"As part of our self-imposed and quite ambitious climate and environmental goals, we want to deliver 100 percent emission-free in the inner cities of all major German cities by 2025." - Dirk Rahn, Operations Manager of Hermes Germany.

Ten eActros trucks will be trialled by customers, who will be testing them under real-life conditions for twelve months, after which the trucks will be going out to a second round of customers for a further twelve months, with the aim of developing trucks suitable for heavy-duty transport by 2021.

"Initially the focus will be on inner-city goods transport and delivery services – the ranges required here are well within the scope of our Mercedes-Benz eActros." - Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

The truck has a range of up to 200km. Power is provided by two lithium-ion batteries with an output of 240 kWh.

Batteries can be fully recharged within three to eleven hours, assuming a realistic charging capacity of 20 to 80 kW from a mobile charging device at a fleet depot.

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