Freightliner has announced plans for production runs of two new fully electric versions of the Cascadia and the M2 106, two of their most popular trucks. Prototypes of these new vehicles were recently unveiled at the Daimler Trucks Capital Market and Technology Day in Portland, OR.
The ongoing emergence of electric trucks being incorporated into medium- and heavy-duty product lines is quickly spreading, and Daimler is planning production runs of these two electric trucks to begin in 2021. In the meantime, 30 vehicles will be delivered to select customers for real-world testing.
The eCascadia, with 80,000 lb. gross combined weight rating (GCWR), features up to 730 peak horsepower. Its batteries provide 550 kilowatt hours (kWh) of usable capacity, giving it a range of 250 miles with the ability to charge up to 80 percent – for a range of 200 miles – in about 90 minutes. The eCascadia is intended for port shipments and regional distribution.
The eM2, with 26,000 lb. GCWR, features up to 480 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 325 kWh of usable capacity, for a range of up to 230 miles. A 60-minute charge will charge the batteries about 80 percent, for a range of 184 miles. The eM2 targets local distribution, pickup and delivery, food and beverage delivery and final-mile logistics applications.
Roger Nielsen, president and chief executive officer of DTNA stated
“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.”
Daimler Trucks commercial electric vehicles breakthroughs already entering the market include:
- Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 electric school bus, Jouley, with a range of up to 100 miles that starts limited production in 2019
- More than 100 electric vehicles built by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. in 2012 with supplier Electric Vehicles International (EVI) on the MT-55 walk-in van chassis are still on the roads today
- The Fuso eCanter, a fully electric Class 4 light-duty truck in regular production with electric urban delivery vehicles being delivered to various customers in North America, Asia and Europe
- The fully electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro is based on the global bestseller Mercedes-Benz Citaro, going into full production in late 2018
- The Mercedes-Benz eActros is a fully electrified heavy-duty distribution truck starting operations with initial first customers in the second half of 2018