Daimler’s truck brand Freightliner has handed over their first fully electric eM2 to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation in Los Angeles. In the course of 2019, Penske will receive a total of 20 fully-electric Freightliner trucks: 10 medium-duty eM2 and 10 eCascadia for heavy-duty transportation.
With a range of up to 230 miles (370 km), the medium-duty truck is intended for local distribution, pickup and delivery, food and beverage delivery and last mile logistics applications.
The eM2 offers a peak output of 480 hp. According to the company, the batteries in the eM2 charge up to 80 percent in about 60 minutes, thus providing 325 kWh usable capacity. As for the eCascadia, it is based on the Cascadia, claimed to be the most successful heavy-duty long-distance truck (class 8, 80,000 lb. gross combined weight rating) in the North American market. At start of series production, the eCascadia will have up to 730 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 550 kWh usable capacity, a range of up to 250 miles (402 km) and will have the ability to charge up to 80 percent (providing a range of 200 miles) in about 90 minutes.