Second eActros Test Phase Gathers Speed: Mercedes-Benz Electric Truck Starts Work At Remondis In Cologne

  • As part of the second test phase another battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros starts work at Remondis.
  • First vehicles from the second test phase already involved in customer operations in the Netherlands and Leipzig.
  • Remondis is operating a 25-tonne eActros in Cologne’s inner city as part of a joint project with its sister company Rhenus – even on restricted routes where driving bans for diesel vehicles are in place.

Another battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros starts practical testing at Remondis in Cologne. The leading company for recycling and water management as well as municipal and industrial services is operating a 25-tonne truck with a range of around 200 kilometres in its waste management business as part of the so-called waste container service – the transportation of new, defective or repaired waste containers. In doing so, the fully-electric eActros also drives along routes that are off-limits to conventional trucks. The batteries of the eActros are recharged overnight at the Remondis depot in the city’s Rodenkirchen district. Remondis is testing the eActros together with its sister logistics company Rhenus as part of a joint project for testing alternative drives.

Heinz Uliczka, Head of Sales Trucks West at Daimler Truck AG: “After the first vehicles were handed over in the Netherlands and Germany, the second test phase of our eActros ‘Innovation Fleet’ is now gathering speed. With Remondis, we were able to win a customer which plays a pioneering role in the important urban municipal operations. This use case experiences a high proportion of stop-and-go traffic and daily tours can be well-planned; as a result it is ideal for testing our battery-electric eActros. We are looking forward to the intensive customer testing of the electric truck together with Remondis and Rhenus.” 

Remondis: Mercedes-Benz eActros working for the future 

Stephan Krings, Managing Director REMONDIS Rheinland: “As Germany’s largest company in the field of waste management, sustainability and conservation of resources are the fundamental pillars of our company philosophy and shape all areas of operations at Remondis. Wholly in line with this philosophy, the eActros in Cologne will accomplish its job quietly and in an environmentally friendly way – even on restricted routes where driving bans for diesel vehicles are in place. Together with Rhenus, our sister company, we are looking forward to the complex operations of the eActros in Cologne’s inner city and are excited to hear the feedback from our drivers.”  

Sascha Hähnke, Managing Director Rhenus Transport: “For us at Rhenus, ‘green logistics’ is the result of our basic values and our self-conception as a global logistics service provider. Environmental protection and responsible handling of resources are thus elemental components of our company strategy and we consistently continue our efforts to find transport solutions that are ever more sustainable. For this reason it is very important to us to test alternative drive technologies and to then use the best available technology. Together with Remondis we are now putting the eActros through its paces.” 

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