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NFI, Penske to trial Freightliner electric trucks

A Freightliner eM2

Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries will operate the first of Daimler’s battery-electric eCascadia heavy-duty trucks and eM2 106 medium-duty trucks later this year

Earlier in June 2018, Daimler Trucks presented two new fully electric trucks from its US-subsidiary Freightliner.

Now, Daimler officially announced the first two customers to operate the e-vehicles within their fleet: 30 Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 trucks will be handed over to the customers Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries in the US.

Daimler is the world’s first manufacturer to test electrified trucks for all weight classes with costumers until the end of 2018.

Furthermore, Daimler Trucks, as a comprehensive system provider, is working with the customers on route planning, development of charging infrastructure and vehicle service support.

In addition, the newly founded E-Mobility Group will use 10 Freightliner e-trucks for research and development purposes to gain further knowledge about e-trucks in the US. DTNA has a goal of starting series production of the electrified trucks in 2021.

“Working together with Penske Truck Leasing Corporation and NFI Industries allows us to start with an important phase of the further development of electrified trucks. We call this Co-Creation: Together with our customers, we are working on the best solutions for the usage of e-trucks. As global market leader, we also want to lead in the field of e-trucks. In Penske and NFI, we found innovative partners with whom we take on the challenge together,” said member of the Daimler board of management for trucks and buses Martin Daum.

Penske Truck Leasing Corporation is a leading global transportation services provider operating more than 270,000 vehicles and serving customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Penske will get 10 Freightliner eCascadia heavy duty trucks for regional delivery and 10 medium duty eM2 for local operations in the Northwest Pacific and in California.

“Penske is committed to bringing the most effective commercial vehicle technologies to our customers,” said  president and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing Brian Hard. “We have had a long, collaborative relationship working with Daimler and its Freightliner brand. We are encouraged by the progress Daimler has made with their electric vehicle platforms for heavy duty and medium duty applications. We look forward to our continued cooperation and co-creation with Daimler on these electric vehicles as we operate them within our expansive logistics, truck leasing and rental fleets.”

Logistics specialist NFI Industries holds a fleet of 4,000 tractors and approximately 8,900 trailers in North America. 10 Freightliner eCascadias will be delivered to NFI for drayage activities from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to warehouses in California’s Inland Empire metro region.

“Innovation is what moves the world and business forward. At NFI, we value collaborating with other companies that share our commitment to developing new and better products and processes for our industry and the communities in which we operate. The eCascadia is just that,” said CEO of NFI Sid Brown.

“Freightliner is known for bringing practical, transformative solutions to market. We’re proud to partner with them in development of the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet. We fully expect it to be successful and a significant benefit to an untold number of people and communities.”

Freightliner eCascadia

The Freightliner eCascadia is based on the Cascadia, the most successful heavy-duty long-distance truck (class 8, 80,000 pounds gross combined weight rating (GCWR) 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 and have the ability to charge up to 80% (providing a range of 200 miles) in about 90 minutes. The Class 8 tractor is designed for local and regional distribution and drayage.

Freightliner eM2

The Freightliner eM2 is intended for local distribution operations and last-mile delivery services (class 6, 26,000 pounds GCWR). The eM2 truck will initially have up to 480 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 325 kWh of usable capacity, a range of up to 230 miles and have the ability to charge up to 80 percent (providing a range of 184 miles) in about 60 minutes.

Source: Daimler

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