Electric Freightliner Trucks debut in North America

Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 106 officially revealed

Daimler Trucks electric vehicles

Daimler Trucks has taken another major step towards electrification with the unveiling of two new electric models in the U.S.

The Freightliner eCascadia and a Freightliner eM2 106 medium-duty truck were revealed, along with a promise to have the first electric Freightliner trucks undertaking customer evaluations by the end of the year.

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The eCascadia boasts a gross combined weight rating just above 36 tonnes with peak power of 730hp and an electric drive range of up to 250 miles (just over 400km).

While recharging times include a 90-minute fast charge that recharges the batteries to 80%.

The eM2 gross combined weight is a little under 12-tonnes and produces up to 480hp.

Aimed at applications such as local distribution, pickup and delivery, food and beverage delivery, and last-mile logistics, the medium-duty offering gets a 230-mile range (370km).

Both electric Freightliner models are expected to enter production in 2021.

“The Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 are designed to meet customer needs for electrified commercial vehicles serving dedicated, predictable routes where the vast majority of daily runs fall between 45 and 150 miles,” – Roger Nielsen, president and chief executive officer of DTNA.

“These innovative trucks reflect our commitment to bring practical, game-changing technology to market.”

The new trucks join other electrified models in the Daimler Trucks family including the Mercedes-Benz eActros, FUSO eCanter, and Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 JouleyTM school bus.

We will see the diesel-powered Freightliner Cascadia in Australia from 2020, no word yet though on any Australian availability of either electric Freightliner vehicle, we will keep you updated as further details come to hand however.

“We are shaping the future of road transportation, and no matter the drivetrain, we strive to be the undisputed global market leader in commercial vehicles – always focusing on the real needs of our customers.” – Frank Reintjes, member of the divisional board, Daimler Trucks.

Related: Sales, revenue up at Daimler in early 2018

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