Contargo and Remondis trails eActros 600 Electric Trucks

Daimler truck’s is operating trails of Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 with Contargo and Remondis for long-haul transport.

Contargo and Remondis trails eActros 600 Electric Trucks
Contargo and Remondis trails eActros 600 Electric Trucks
Contargo and Remondis trails eActros 600 Electric Trucks

Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany- Daimler Truck AG, a commercial vehicle manufacturer, has begun customer trails and testing of the Mercedes-Benz eActros 600 with Contargo Wörth-Karlsruhe GmbH and Remondis Sustainable Services GmbH. Contargo will use the e-truck for container transportation between Wörth port and various points, aiming for over 800 km daily. Initially charged at Contargo's Karlsruhe terminal, they plan to establish their own charging infrastructure with 90 points across 18 locations.

Remondis will use the test vehicle in Cologne for the HoLa project, focusing on developing a high-performance charging infrastructure for electric long-distance transport. The Remondis test vehicle primarily transports recycled raw materials and is equipped with a Kögel trailer.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks plans to hand over further test vehicles to customers with different use cases.

Ms. Stina Fagerman, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services at Mercedes-Benz Trucks, said "The testing of e-trucks with customers before the start of production has proven very successful. This is why we are also relying on practical tests for the eActros 600. We are very pleased that Contargo and Remondis will be the first customers to test the eActros 600 in real operation."

Mr. Michael Starke, CEO of Rhenus Trucking GmbH & Co. KG, said "We are ‘electrified’ and are consistently implementing projects for decarbonization. That’s why it is a pleasure and a logical consequence for us to be part of the customer testing project from the very beginning. The eActros 600 will set new standards! We are receiving the very first e-truck for testing. In addition, last year, we ordered 20 of these vehicles. This means that we will also be one of the first companies to have them on the road, which will make our e-tours for container logistics and national long-distance haulage easier."

Mr. Andreas Roer, CEO of Contargo Wörth-Karlsruhe GmbH, said "820 kilometers a day – for this we are now using the eActros 600 in two-shift operation. Thanks to our powerful charging infrastructure, this use case is ideal for the vehicle."

Mr. Sascha Hähnke, CEO of Remondis Sustainable Services GmbH,said "As one of the world’s leading companies for recycling, water management and municipal and industrial services, sustainability is part of our everyday lives. We have already gained many valuable experiences with electric trucks over the past few years. For us, it was therefore just natural to be the first company to participate in customer testing of the eActros 600. Especially in the circular economy, everything starts with logistics. We are delighted to be able to take another step towards climate neutrality with the electric truck."

Remondis relies on Kögel trailer for the eActros 600 test

Mr. Christian Renners, CEO of Kögel Trailer GmbH, said The Kögel Cargo is the flagship of the Kögel trailer series and also the best-selling trailer of the manufacturer from Burtenbach. Its high degree of customization, outstanding reliability and high payload make the Kögel Cargo the first choice for the transport industry. But it is not only the product benefit that is the focus of this collaboration. It is above all the understanding of sustainable transport solutions that unites Remondis and Kögel. “We were impressed by the consistent advancement of a sustainability strategy at Remondis."As a leading trailer manufacturer, we are equally committed to acting sustainably. However, the concept of sustainability at Kögel includes not only the environment, but also customers, employees and partnerships. We have the same understanding here as Remondis."

The Mercedes-Benz eActros 600

The eActros 600 boasts a battery capacity of over 600 kWh, granting a range of 500 km without recharging. With intermediate charging during driver breaks, it can cover over 1,000 km per day. It supports CCS charging up to 400 kW and will later offer megawatt charging. The truck features a sleek, aerodynamic design. Mercedes-Benz aims to revolutionize long-haul transport, planning series production by late 2024. Rigid variants will also be available, expanding its usability.

About Contargo

Contargo is a major container logistics network in Europe, linking western ports, German North Sea ports.

About Remondis

Remondis a recycling, water, and services. They recover materials, produce recycled goods, and aid in the energy transition through biomass. They consult on regional solutions for industry, trade, and municipalities.

About Kögel

Kögel, a trailer manufacturer, provides engineering-led quality solutions for freight forwarding and construction industries for 90 years.