Advancing into the future of carbon-free freight, Daimler Trucks North America is accepting orders for its first fully electric freight trucks, which they call the longest-range commercial battery electric vehicles for interstate shipping in America. of the North today.
Daimler’s Freightliner manufacturing division has put the eM2 box truck and eCascadia loader tractor in the hands of customers who have been operating real-world cargo for more than two years.
Having demonstrated the concept, they will begin production of the trucks in 2022 and provide a “dedicated network of Freightliner dealers to support the comprehensive fleet electrification process.”
Currently with 38 trucks in a pilot fleet covering hundreds of thousands of miles in testing, Senior Vice President Richard Howard said, “The entire Daimler Trucks North America team is incredibly proud of our progress.”
With its Detroit®-developed ePowertrain technology, the eAxle design delivers up to 23,000 lb-ft of torque, giving it plenty of power to move the eCascadia’s 82,000 lbs. with a maximum range of more than 230 miles on a full charge for the medium-duty eM2 and 250 miles for the Class 8 eCascadia tractor.
In the run-up to production, Freightliner test fleets have covered a variety of applications, including transportation, local and regional pickup and delivery, and food and beverage delivery, logging 750,000 collective miles, accumulating valuable data and drivers’ perspectives.
“These are the largest electric demonstration fleets ever seen in the industry, and the valuable collaboration and feedback has directly translated into a more versatile, longer lasting and more reliable product.” Howard said.
The eCascadia will carry a 475 kWh battery pack that charges to 80 percent in 90 minutes, while the eM2 has a smaller 315 kWh battery pack that charge to 80 percent in 60 minutes.
Considering that the average Class 8 tractor trailer is achieving miles per gallon in the single digits on the highway, these trucks could reduce not only pollution, but also the cost of moving goods from one location to another.
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