The handing over of an eM2, the first fully electric Freightliner to Penske Truck leasing, sees Daimler Trucks starting day to day-operational testing of heavy-duty and medium-duty e-trucks in the United States.
Penske Truck Leasing is going to operate the electric truck in local distribution traffic in the Northwest Pacific and in California. In the course of 2019, Penske Truck Leasing Corporation will receive in total 20 fully-electric Freightliner trucks: ten medium-duty eM2 and ten eCascadia for heavy-duty transportation. In total the Freightliner’s innovation fleet will include 30 vehicles. The series production is planned for 2021.
“Penske is honoured to be the first company to put this new medium-duty electric truck into service,” said Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing. “I commend and thank Roger Nielsen and his team at Daimler Trucks North America for their outstanding collaboration and spirit of co-creation with us over the last nine months to bring this innovative technology to market. Penske is committed to providing the most effective vehicle technologies to our customers and driving innovation and sustainability when it comes to mobility.”
With a range of 370km, the Freightliner eM2 is designed for last-mile delivery services. The batteries charge up to 80 per cent in about 60 minutes, providing 325kWh of usable capacity with up to 480 peak horsepower.
The Freightliner eCascadia is based on the Cascadia prime mover, expected to be released here in Australia next year. At start of series production, the eCascadia will have up to 730 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 550kWh usable capacity, a range of up to 400km and have the ability to charge up to 80 per cent (providing a range of 322km) in about 90 minutes.
“We aim to be frontrunners in the US with electric trucks just as we are with conventional trucks, and we deliver on this objective once again,” said Martin Daum, Daimler Board Member responsible for Trucks and Buses. “With the hand-over of our Freightliner eM2 to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation, we now test electric trucks in all segments in day to day operations with our clients worldwide.
“When it comes to innovations the demands of our customers are pivotal for us. Together we develop solutions for the future of trucks. We’ve got news coming already in January: At Las Vegas’s Consumer Electric Show we are going to announce further commitment of our next steps in another key technology: automated driving.”