Flavio Rivera, president and director of Daimler Commercial Vehicles Mexico, confirmed to the Alto Nivel site that the company is in the preparatory phase for the production of its first electric Class 8 truck in Mexico, which will start in 2021.
"In Mexico we are very excited, there’s a lot of work ahead in infrastructure for the circulation of these vehicles, such as recharging stations, regulations and even vehicle maintenance," the official told the business news site in recent days. “This is the new challenge of the industry and Daimler”.
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) unveiled in early June two new, fully-electric trucks from Freightliner, its leading U.S. truck brand, in a bid to compete with Tesla, Volvo AB and Navistar in the race to electrify big rigs.
The Freightliner eCascadia is a heavy-duty electric truck with a 250-mile range (400 kilometers) while a fully-electric variant, the Freightliner eM2, is a delivery truck with a range of about 230 miles to cover the medium segment.
Production of both electric models is scheduled to begin in North Carolina by 2021 and, according to Mexican media, the eCascadia will also be manufactured in Saltillo, Coahuila in the near future.
Flavio Rivera joined Daimler in 2005 as production manager at the Santiago Tianguistenco plant, which was awarded the National Quality Award under his management while achieving an average annual increase of 12.5% in production.
Also, under his helm, the plant gave way to the diversification of products to promote a more focused approach to different markets, which resulted in an increase in manufacturing. "That factory has increased its production in the last 13 years by 100%," Rivera added.