Daimler Opens Orders for Freightliner eCascadia, eM2

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The Freightliner Class 8 eCascadia tractor has a maximum range of 250 miles on a full charge. - Photo: DTNA

The Freightliner Class 8 eCascadia tractor has a maximum range of 250 miles on a full charge.

Photo: DTNA

Daimler Trucks North America announced the Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2 are now available to order. The Class 8 eCascadia and medium-duty eM2 are the first all-electric trucks from the company.

With the opening of the order books to customers, Freightliner and DTNA are preparing to start production in late 2022, DTNA officials said in a press release.

At start of production, both Freightliner battery electric models will come equipped with technology from Detroit including the company’s ePowertrain; Assurance suite of safety systems; and the advanced telematics service of Detroit Connect.

Comprised of an eAxle design and available with a single or dual motor system, the Detroit ePowertrain offers up to 23,000 lb-ft of torque, giving it power for the eCascadia’s GCWR of 82,000 lbs.

The eCascadia tractor has a maximum range of 250 miles on a full charge, and eM2 has a maximum range of 230 miles.

The Freightliner medium-duty eM2 has a maximum range of 230 miles on a full charge. - Photo: DTNA

The Freightliner medium-duty eM2 has a maximum range of 230 miles on a full charge.

Photo: DTNA

In lead-up to series production of the eCascadia and eM2, and in cooperation with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, who financially supported pilot fleets, Freightliner has placed 38 trucks into operation with fleets covering a variety of applications, including drayage, regional and local pickup and delivery, and food and beverage delivery. Nearly 750,000 collective miles have been accumulated on the early Freightliner electric fleet to-date.

Customers who order the trucks can select and specify, as an additional service, the resources of an eConsulting team. The team can assist and advise on the ecosystem needed to integrate battery electric vehicles into their fleets, DTNA officials said.

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