Daimler to provide fully electric Freightliner trucks to fleet owners for testing
Daimler Trucks officially announced the two first customers to operate the two new fully electric trucks from its U.S.-subsidiary Freightliner, the 30 Freightliner eCascadia and the eM2 truck, which will be handed over to the customers Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries, becoming the world’s first manufacturer to test electrified trucks for all weight classes with costumers until end of 2018.
Furthermore, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is working with the customers on route planning, development of charging infrastructure and vehicle service support. In addition, the newly founded E-Mobility Group will use ten Freightliner e-trucks for research and development purposes to gain further knowledge about e-trucks in the U.S. DTNA has a goal of starting series production of the electrified trucks in both North Carolina and Saltillo, Coahuila by 2021.
“Working together with Penske Truck Leasing Corporation and NFI Industries allows us to start with an important phase of the further development of electrified trucks. We call this Co-Creation: Together with our customers, we are working on the best solutions for the usage of e-trucks. As global market leader, we also want to lead in the field of e-trucks. In Penske and NFI, we found innovative partners with whom we take on the challenge together”, said Martin Daum, member of the Daimler Board of Management for Trucks and Buses.
Penske Truck Leasing Corporation is a global transportation services provider operating more than 270,000 vehicles and serving customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Penske will get ten Freightliner eCascadia heavy duty trucks for regional delivery and ten medium duty eM2 for local operations in the Northwest Pacific and in California.
Logistics specialist NFI Industries holds a fleet of 4,000 tractors and approximately 8,900 trailers in North America. Ten Freightliner eCascadias will be delivered to NFI for drayage activities from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to warehouses in California’s Inland Empire metro region.
At start of series production, the Freightliner eCascadia will have up to 730 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 550 Kwh usable capacity, a range of up to 250 miles and have the ability to charge up to 80 (providing a range of 200 miles) in about 90 minutes. The Class 8 tractor is designed for local and regional distribution and drayage.
The Freightliner eM2 is intended for local distribution operations and last-mile delivery services. The eM2 truck will initially have up to 480 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 325 Kwh of usable capacity, a range of up to 230 miles and have the ability to charge up to 80% (providing a range of 184 miles) in about 60 minutes.
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