Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Penske Truck Leasing have been working together to develop electric-powered trucks.
And the collaboration has culminated in the truck leasing giants taking delivery of their first electric truck, which will soon be rented out to key clients in California.
In total, at least in this early phase of the project, 10 new electric powered Freightliner trucks will be added to the Penske fleet.
Penske Truck Leasing will rent the nine medium-duty trucks, along with a heavy-duty Freightliner Cascadia, to customers for the next two years.
The partners want to see how the battery packs and electric motor perform in real world conditions with the knowledge gained helping DTNA develop new “second-generation” electric trucks.
The project was funded in part by a grant from an air quality working group and aims to help reduce emissions from transport operations around Los Angeles ports, with the trucks to be made available to clients who operate in those areas.
Based on the Freightliner M2 106, the medium-duty electric truck has been dubbed the Freightliner eM2 and boasts an expected range of around 200 miles (320 kilometres).
The truck has an impressive recharge capability – 80% within an hour, and develops up to 480hp.
The handover of the electric truck comes just months after DTNA made a much larger commitment to electric trucks in coming years.
DTNA president and CEO Roger Nielsen says it was a proud moment handing over the keys.
“With increased hauling demands and regulatory pressures, combined with ongoing concerns over energy resource depletion, it is more important than ever that DTNA continues to rigorously test and research electric vehicle solutions together with our customers.”
We’ll keep you updated as further details on the testing program come to hand.
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Image: Daimler Trucks North America CEO Roger Nielsen delivers the first Freightliner eM2 electric commercial vehicle to Penske Truck Leasing CEO Brian Hard.