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Nagel-Group in Hamburg goes electric

The fully-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros will now take to the roads for the food logistics specialist Nagel-Group in Hamburg.

The vehicle will round off the Mercedes-Benz Trucks eActros “Innovation Fleet” for testing the heavy-duty electric truck. The first eActros has been taking part in customer testing since September 2018. The eActros in use by Nagel-Group is the tenth vehicle in the fleet. The aim is to be able to realise clean and quiet short-radius distribution in urban areas from 2021 using heavy-duty series-production trucks. The official hand-over of the eActros took place in the Hans-Duncker-Street at the Nagel-Group branch in south-east Hamburg.

The 18 tonne truck with a range of up to 200 km supplies refrigerated foodstuffs to different customers such as supermarkets in central Hamburg. As a fully-electric and therefore locally emission-free truck, the eActros can also drive in zones subject to bans on diesel vehicles. After the daily round, the batteries are charged directly at the company’s depot overnight.

Oliver Kraft, Head of Key Account Management at Mercedes-Benz Trucks said: “We are delighted that the Nagel-Group with their many years of experience in food logistics is one of our customers testing the eActros in daily operations. This vehicle for the Nagel-Group rounds off our ‘Innovation Fleet’ for testing the all-electric truck.”

Carsten Taucke, CEO of the Nagel-Group said: “As a leading family-run business in the food logistics sector, we welcome solutions that are ecological and that make economic sense. The eActros provides an innovative approach so we can reduce emissions and, at the same time, meet the high requirements of our deliveries.”

Tobias Jardon, Head of the Nagel-Group Hamburg branch said: “Hamburg provides the ideal urban surroundings for testing a fully electric truck. The Mercedes-Benz eActros will deliver refrigerated goods every day to different customers in the inner city of Hamburg. We are looking forward to seeing how the electric truck performs with the high demands of refrigerated logistics.”

As part of practical testing of the eActros “Innovation Fleet”, the 18 or 25-tonne vehicles are put through their paces by 20 customers from various sectors as part of their regular daily operations. The tests of this “Innovation Fleet” are made up of two phases, each with ten customers. Feedback from these practical tests flows directly into further development of the eActros right up until its readiness for series production.

The eActros is based on the frame of the Mercedes-Benz Actros. However, the vehicle’s architecture has been resolutely designed around an electric drive system and thus features a high percentage of vehicle-specific components. Two electric motors near the wheel hubs of the rear axle provide the drive, each delivering an output of 126 kW and 485 Nm maximum torque. Furthermore, the transmission ratio used sees this brought up to 11,000 Nm on each wheel. The drive power is therefore on par with a conventional truck. Lithium-ion batteries with 240 kWh capacity provide the eActros with the required energy. Depending on the available charging output, the batteries can be charged completely within as little as two hours at 150 kW.

The development and testing of the heavy-duty electric truck in short-radius distribution operations is sponsored as part of the “Concept ELV²” project to varying degrees by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The swap body on the eActros used by the Nagel-Group is the “W.KO COOL” model from Schmitz Cargobull. It has optimum insulation for energy-efficient transport of refrigerated goods. This robust body is ideally suited for intensive day-to-day use. Cooled entirely by electricity, the cooling unit is 100% emissions-free and is specially designed for use in short-radius distribution.