Daimler Trucks establishes a global organisation for e-mobility and for that also a new management position. During today's Capital Market & Technology Days in the USA, Daimler Trucks presented two new, fully-electric trucks by its US subsidiary Freightliner.
The world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer presented the Freightliner eCascadia, a heavy-duty electric truck for long-distance operations (>15 t GVW) in Portland (Oregon). A fully-electric variant of the Freightliner eM2 106 covers the medium segment (9 to 12 t GVW).
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is planning to hand over an innovation fleet of around 30 electric trucks to the first customers in the USA during the course of this year. As is already the case with the fully-electric FUSO eCanter light truck and the medium Mercedes-Benz eActros, this is a continuation of the company's aim to obtain new findings together with customers and establish how electric trucks can be employed as efficiently in day-to-day transport operations.
With the two eFreightliners, the Mercedes-Benz eActros, the light FUSO eCanter, the fully-electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro city bus and the Thomas Built Saf-T Liner C2 Jouley school bus, Daimler Trucks & Buses already has the broadest portfolio of fully-electric commercial vehicles to be found anywhere.
We were first-movers on electric trucks and we strive to set the standard in each relevant segment. With the foundation of the global E-Mobility Group, we maximize the impact of our investments in this key strategic technology field. Thus, we can go for the best solutions in batteries, charging solutions and energy management.
E-mobility must be cost-effective – both for the customer and for the manufacturer
Daimler Trucks and Buses sees electro-mobility in the commercial vehicle industry as a decisive factor for leading the transport sector into an emission-free future as an innovation driver. The following principle applies: e-mobility must be cost-effective – both for the customer and for the manufacturer.
In future, and across all brands and divisions, the E-Mobility Group (EMG) will define the strategy for electric components or complete electric vehicles, and develop a standardised, worldwide electric architecture similar to the global platform strategy for conventional engines and drive components. The EMG is globally structured, with employees working in various locations throughout the company's worldwide development network, e.g. in Portland, USA, Stuttgart, Germany and Kawasaki, Japan. Effective July 1st, Gesa Reimelt, who is currently head of Product Projects Powertrain & eDrive Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, will become head of this new, globally engaged and cross-divisional organization. In this function she will report to Dr. Frank Reintjes, head of Global Powertrain and Manufacturing Engineering at Daimler Trucks.
With regard to conventional engines, we have always benefited from our worldwide platform strategy. We will also be taking this approach for electric drive systems in the future. To this end, we are establishing the E-Mobility Group in which our experts around the world will work together on the best e-systems.
Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 for the NAFTA region
The Freightliner eCascadia is based on the Cascadia, the most successful heavy-duty long-distance truck (class 8) in the North-American market. 730 hp is almost silently generated under the characteristically long, US-style bonnet of the fully-electric variant. At 550 kWh, its batteries provide enough energy for a range of up to 400 km (250 miles), and can be recharged to around 80 percent within 90 minutes to cover a further 320 km (200 miles).
The Freightliner eM2 106 is intended for local distribution operations in the food sector and last-mile delivery services. The batteries of the new electric version provide 325 KWh for up to 480 hp. The range of the eM2 is around 370 km (230 miles). The batteries can be recharged to around 80 percent within 60 minutes, sufficient for a range of around 300 km (184 miles).
Before the end of this year, a total of around 30 units of these models are to go to the first customers in North America. With this innovation fleet, DTNA working with transport companies in day-to-day operations wants to find out more about transport assignments for emission-free trucks, so as to respond to customer needs even better during the development of electric drive systems.