Two new battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros are now in operation in Switzerland: one for the logistics service provider Camion Transport and another one for the retail company Migros. The official handover took place at Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Schlieren near Zurich. The vehicles are part of the so-called eActros “innovation fleet” to test heavy-duty electric trucks with customers.
The 18-tonne truck with Camion Transport is used to transport general cargo for commerce, trade and industry in St. Gallen, while the 25-tonne truck in operation with Migros transports goods for supermarket branches in the Zurich area. Each eActros has to cover around 150 km per day, which is well within the range of the eActros reach up to 200 km. The batteries are recharged at the customer’s depots in the evening. Migros uses the eActros to supply the Migros supermarket branches in downtown Zurich and the surrounding area from its distribution centre in Zurich-Herdern. The route pose different topographic challenges such as mountains. The eActros for Migros has a box body with refrigeration option, which can be used to transport entire pallets of goods such as chilled fresh goods.
The refrigerated replacement box on the eActros used by Migros is the “W.KO COOL” model supplied by Schmitz Cargobull. It has optimum insulation for energy efficient transport of refrigerated goods. This robust body is ideally suited for intensive dat to day use. The purely electrically operated cooling unit functions completely emission-free and is specially designed for use in distribution industry.