Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK has partnered with bodybuilder Solomon Commercials to launch Britain’s first fridge-bodied eActros electric truck.
The 19-tonne GVW truck, which is based on a 4×2 eActros 300, will now be offered for live demonstrations to operators across the country.
Fitted with three nickel manganese cobalt battery packs, for a total installed capacity of 336kWh, it has a range of up to 205 miles and the batteries can be recharged from 20 to 80% in 75 minutes, using a 400A 160kW charger.
Its twin electric motors are located within the rear eAxle. With no need for a prop shaft, chassis space is freed up for the batteries to be set across the full width of the vehicle.
The motors drive through a special transmission with two forward and two reverse gears, allowing the truck to cruise at up to 55 mph.
It features a full Solomon Slipstream body incorporating tapered bulkhead, 3D roof deflector and sloping Kamm tail.
Refrigeration is controlled by a Carrier TRS Syberia overcab chiller unit and Carrier Datacold temperature monitoring system.
James Venables, Mercedes-Benz Trucks Head of Future Sustainability, said, “The eActros is a truck for a new era, and by launching this refrigerated demonstrator we’re showing that it’s ready to work in real-life applications.
“We’re here to support operators on the journey towards CO2-neutral transport too, though.
“All our dealers are fully qualified and eTruck-ready, while our team of eConsultants can provide valuable advice and assistance on all aspects of electric truck operation, from charging infrastructure, to a range of digital services to increase utilisation and optimise the total cost of ownership.”