Daimler Reveals Two New All-Electric Trucks
Daimler Trucks revealed two new all-electric trucks that will be put into use for testing later this year. The eCascadia Class 8 tractor and eM2 medium-duty truck will hit the roads to see how they perform in real-world use.
The trucks were revealed Wednesday at Daimler’s North American headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
The eCascadia is designed to travel on major highways with a range of about 250 miles between charges. The eM2 has a range almost as long, at around 230 miles, but is designed for local delivery and final mile use.
Daimler Trucks believes that fully autonomous – driverless – commercial trucks will not be series produced in the near future; however, the technology has the potential to create numerous advantages for the global logistics industry by helping fleets to keep up with ever-increasing freight demands as the pool of long-haul truck drivers continues to decrease. The focus for Daimler Trucks is to carefully study all requirements for highly automated driving, to ensure any technology brought to market will improve road safety and driver productivity, while enhancing commercial vehicle performance, reliability and uptime for the customer.
Daimler Trucks North America CEO Martin Daum said Wednesday that he was confident Daimler would rise to the challenge.
“We are the undisputed global leader of the trucking industry and we intend to remain in that position with electric trucks and buses,” Daum said in a statement. The truck unit also is establishing an E-Mobility Group to “pursue the best solutions in batteries, charging solutions and energy management.”