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Daimler hands over first electric Freightliner truck for practical use

Daimler hands over first electric Freightliner truck for practical use


[21.12.2018] The electric truck Daimler eM2 was handed over to the company Penske Truck Leasing in the USA, where the e-truck will be subjected to various field tests.

With the delivery of the first all-electric Freightliner eM2, Daimler Trucks is also launching a practical test for heavy and medium-duty e-trucks in the USA. On December 20, the subsidiary Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) in Los Angeles handed over the first medium-weight Freightliner eM2 to US customer Penske Truck Leasing Corporation. In the future, Penske Truck Leasing Corporation will use the e-truck for local distribution in the northwest of the USA and in California. During the year 2019, Penske Truck Leasing Corporation will receive a total of 20 Freightliner all-electric trucks. In addition to ten medium-sized eM2s, it will also supply ten models of eCascadia for heavy-duty distribution. In total, the innovation fleet will comprise 30 vehicles. Series production is planned from 2021 onwards.

Electrically driven medium heavy duty eM2 truck for local use Fully electric medium duty truck eM2 for local distribution. Source: Daimler AG
Electrically powered medium-heavy eM2 truck for local use
Fully electric medium duty truck eM2 for local distribution.
Source: Daimler AG

Brian Hard (President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing) says:

"It is an honor that Penske is the first company to use the new medium-duty electric truck. I would like to thank Roger Nielsen and his team from Daimler Trucks North America for the excellent cooperation over the past nine months to bring this innovative technology to market. Penske believes it is important to provide its customers with the latest vehicle technology when it comes to innovative and sustainable mobility. "

Martin Daum (responsible for trucks and buses on the Daimler Board of Management) explains:

"We want to be just as leaders in electric trucks as we do with conventional trucks – and we are once again fulfilling this demand: By handing over our Freightliner eM2 to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation, we are now testing electric trucks of all weight classes in our customers' daily transport routine. The requirements of our customers are at the center of all our innovations. Together with them we develop solutions for the truck of the future.


As early as January, we have more news here: At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we announce the next steps in another key technology: automated driving, "Daum continued.

Daimler Trucks & Penske Truck Leasing Corporation Electrify Urban Distribution

The handover to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation is the first step in electrifying urban distribution in the US. Penske Truck Leasing Corporation is a leading global transportation and logistics provider, managing approximately 270,000 vehicles at more than 1,000 locations in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia. The eM2 of the Freightliner brand, with a range of around 370 kilometers, is perfect for the so-called "last mile". Within 60 minutes, the batteries can be charged to about 80 percent, while they provide 325 kWh for up to 480 hp. The Freightliner eCascadia is based on the Cascadia, the most successful truck for heavy long-haul transports (Class 8,> 15 t zGG) in the North American market. The vehicle will have 730 hp at the start of mass production. With 550 kWh of power, the batteries provide enough power for a range of up to 400 km (250 miles) and can be recharged to around 80 percent within 90 minutes – covering an additional 320 km (200 miles).

Gesa Reimelt (Head of E-Mobility Group Daimler Trucks & Buses) says:

"Daimler started working early on the electrification of its trucks. Today, customers in the US, Japan and Europe are already locally emission-free and quietly on the road with our battery-electric trucks: with our mass-produced FUSO eCanter light truck and our heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz eActros truck close to production. Together with our customers, we now also want to develop the electrified Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 models so that they are optimally suited to the rigors of everyday operations – both technically and economically. We benefit from the global exchange of knowledge and experience within our e-mobility group. It bundles all e-activities of Daimler Trucks under one roof in an organization – independent of brand, vehicle segment and region. "

CES 2019: Daimler Trucks on trends, innovations and automated driving

On January 7, 2019, the day before the doors of the Consumer Electronics Show officially open, Daimler Trucks invites for the first time to the press conference. The latest corporate and technological developments and the next step in automated driving will be announced. Following the keynote address by Martin Daum and Roger Nielsen, media representatives will also have the opportunity to experience the latest products from the North American truck and bus portfolio at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Via: Daimler AG

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