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Dachser successfully deploys e-trucks across borders

For the first time, Dachser is launching a fully electric truck across national borders. An eActros from Mercedes-Benz recently started driving from the Hof logistics centre in Germany five times a week to the branch in Kladno near Prague, around 200 kilometres away, and back again.

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Following a successful test phase in February and May 2023, regular operation of the cross-border connection has now started. On the road with the eActros is the service partner Flytt Logistic GmbH. 

The swap body train is used in two shifts: during the day, the 40-ton eTruck operates in regional distribution transport in the Hof area, and at night on the cross-border route between Germany and the Czech Republic.

According to the manufacturer, the eActros 300 has an average range of up to 300 kilometres – depending on factors such as topography or weight.

The lorry is charged at fixed charging points and directly at the Dachser branch in Kladno, Czech Republic.

 The zero-emission vehicle takes just over an hour to charge.

“Our tests with the eActros have provided us with important insights into the suitability of electromobility for everyday use in long-distance transport, ” says Klaus Neubing, General Manager at Dachser in Hof.

Dachser has been using battery-powered electric vehicles since 2018, including as part of the sustainable city delivery concept “Dachser Emission-Free Delivery”. 

The vehicle fleet with alternative drive systems is constantly expanding, including in the long-distance sector.