There are currently 19 battery electric trucks over 12 tons in operation in the Czech Republic.
The Swiss company Holcim, which is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction materials, has ordered another 1,000 electric tractors. They will be supplied by Mercedes-Benz from the Daimler Truck concern, they will be eActros 600 models.
The newest Mercedes electric tractors were introduced only in October of last year, the automaker has been cooperating with the company for a long time. Already last year, it ordered another 1,000 electric tractors from competitor Volvo, and the company received the first pieces already in the fall.
“Our plan is for a third of our newly purchased heavy-duty trucks to be zero-emission by 2030,” said Miljan Gutovič, director of the European section of Holcim.
Holcim wants to use most of the ordered electric tractors for the transport of bulk materials such as cement. So far, the biggest buyers of battery tractors are mainly logistics companies.
The new eActros model has a battery capacity of 600 kWh, and Mercedes has also developed a new, more efficient drive axle for it.
According to the manufacturer, it can handle a range of 500 kilometers without recharging. However, if the driver uses the mandatory breaks to replenish his energy, he can manage significantly more than a thousand kilometers per day.
According to Mercedes, the battery can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in 30 minutes, but it needs the most powerful megawatt charger for this.
The Czech Republic is lagging behind
Ten new electric trucks were registered in the Czech Republic last year, six more than last year. From the information on the website Čistá doprava, it follows that their share in the total sales of trucks was 0.1 percent.
In total, at the end of last year, there were 19 battery electric trucks over 12 tons in operation in the Czech Republic.
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One billion crowns from European funds for the construction of fast charging stations for trucks could support the development of this type of drive. The first call will be issued in February.
5,361 new electric trucks were registered in the EU last year, which represented a year-on-year increase of 127 percent. The main countries contributing to the increase were the Netherlands and Germany.
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