The software available on the new Mercedes Benz eActros 600 electric truck has a Portuguese touch. Some of the eServices available on the German manufacturer’s new model were co-developed in Portugal at tb.lx, Daimler Truck’s digital product studio, in collaboration with local teams from the group’s global operating regions.

The technology company was responsible for developing the Charge Management System, for fleet managers to manage their operations with electric vehicles, and eTruck Ready, a tool that calculates whether a route is viable with a Mercedes-Benz electric truck, thus supporting fleet owners in electrifying their routes.

Charge Management System

It was in the Lisbon offices that the first lines of code for the Charge Management System were written. This software enables customized and individualized load management for Mercedes-Benz Trucks customers in Europe. Through it, fleet managers and distributors can plan effective routes and charging breaks, optimize charging and schedule preconditioning. If they have charging stations in their warehouse, the software also gives them a clear overview of their energy consumption and an overview of charger availability. This solution is also available in other regions of the world, such as North America and Japan.

tb.lx is the digital product studio for Daimler Truck, based in Lisbon, Portugal.

tb.lx has 114 employees developing digital products and working closely with the global commercial vehicle manufacturer.

As well as working in the area of e-Mobility, the company also develops connectivity solutions, such as a global API portal, among others.

Available in Europe through the Fleetboard portal, this global solution was developed in Portugal, in partnership with Daimler Truck in different regions, by several multidisciplinary teams dedicated to this e-mobility solution. In total, around 50 software engineers and 10 product managers and designers based in Portugal were dedicated to this development.

eTruck Ready

Lisbon has also developed eTruck Ready. This tool identifies whether a route is electrifiable, taking into account variables such as stopping points, traffic, weather conditions, load and truck model. With this information, fleet owners in Europe can decide and consult on the best strategy for electrifying their fleet, and sales teams can support their customers in implementing fully electric trucks.

“We believe these services offer the best solutions to ensure operations run smoothly and maintain their costs, all in a sustainable way, allowing our customers to make the transition from diesel to electric with the same level of commitment and confidence,” says Clement De Coligny, Head of Product for e-mobility at tb.lx. “This connected ecosystem maximizes the uptime of trucks and chargers and optimizes their use to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) – one of the biggest concerns for fleet managers and distributors.”

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