Online shopping makes shopping hassle-free, but at the same time, it can harm the environment. German automaker, Daimler has discovered a way to make the deliveries of online shopping orders greener and pollution-free. The organisation plans to begin the series production of its battery-powered eActros in 2021 following a range of real-world examinations. Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, has started practical testing of battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros at logistics firm Logistik Schmitt, established near Rastatt in southern Germany. The company stated in a release that the 25-tonne vehicle commutes between Rastatt's Mercedes-Benz Gaggenau plant and warehouse of Logistik Schmitt in Ötigheim, which is approximately 7 km.
Logistik Schmitt utilises eActros instead of a conventional truck for the transportation purpose. eActros, with its limit of up to 200 kilometres, covers a regular distance of approximately 168 kilometres. "The Mercedes-Benz eActros is now integrated into daily operations by our test customers in Germany and Switzerland. Here, the eActros has already covered tens of thousands of kilometres. Even fully-loaded and regardless of hot or cold temperatures, it successfully completes its daily duties," said Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Moreover, he stated that this spurs them on in their aim to allow locally emission-free delivery with heavy-duty trucks from 2021 onwards and are pleased to further increase the testing of the eActros, with Logistik Schmitt. "We will also take the findings of this testing phase and apply them as part of the comparative drives planned with the eWayBW catenary project. First positive feedback from Logistik Schmitt has left us very optimistic," added Stefan Buchner.