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Daimler increases US electric truck offering

The urban-delivery Class 7 Freightliner eM2 is capable of reaching 400km on one charge

 

Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) has unveiled the series production of its new, fully electric Freightliner eM2 for urban delivery applications. DTNA says the eM2 is ready to order and will start production at its Portland, Oregon truck manufacturing plant in the second half of this year.

With this new truck, DTNA is extending its line-up for series built electric vehicles for the North American market, accompanying the Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractor, the electric school bus Jouley from Thomas Built Buses and the electric walk-in van platform FCCC MT50e.

Built on North America’s best-selling Freightliner M2 106 Plus platform, the Class 6/7 eM2 expands CO2-neutral transportation to the medium-duty segment.

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The eM2 features a fully integrated, proprietary battery electric Detroit ePowertrain, including Detroit eAxles and batteries. DTNA says the vehicle minimises energy cost per mile by removing the drivetrain and other mechanical components in favour of a lighter, simpler design, which packages the electric motors and 2-speed transmission directly onto the drive axles.

Multiple battery size options are available, allowing customers to find the right balance between range/runtime and price.

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The Class 6 powertrain provides up to 190 continuous hp, a 194kWh battery and a typical range of 180 miles (290km) on one charge.

The Class 7 powertrain provides up to 255 continuous hp, a 291kWh battery and a typical range of 250 miles (400km) on one charge.

DTNA says, together with the eCascadia, the eM2 has clocked up more than 1.5 million test kilometres with customers – each in a variety of real-world applications in nearly 50 fleets on the US west coast, in New Jersey and Canada.

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