Freightliner unveils eCascadia & eM2.
“We are the undisputed global leader of the trucking industry and we intend to remain in that position with electric trucks and buses.”
Daimler AG’s Freightliner Brand showcases two battery-powered truck models for the US Market. Challenging Tesla Inc., Volvo AB and Volkswagen AG in the race to electric haulers.
The eCascadia is a highway hauler that can go 250 miles between charges. The eM2 has a range of 230 miles specifically for local delivery usage.
Freightliner will be testing a fleet of 30 eCascadia and eM2 trucks with customers in 2018 and plan to start production in 2021.
The eCascadia has up to 730 peak horsepower! The batteries provide 550 Kwh usable capacity. The Freightliner eCascadia with 80,000 lb. gross combined weight rating (GCWR) and eM2 with 26,000 lb. GCWR are part of Daimler Trucks’ global electrified truck initiative.
The eCascadia and eM2 join the Thomas Built Buses all-electric Saf-T-Liner® C2 JouleyTM school bus and the FUSO eCanter to establish Daimler Trucks as the leader in North America with the widest range of commercial electric vehicle models.
In order to stay ahead of the pack Freightliner is expanding it’s facilities in tandem with Stuttgart Germany, and Bangealore, India, by setting up a research and development center for autonomous trucks in Portland, Oregon.