Daimler Trucks North America announced its battery-electric on TuesdayAnd Now available for preorder. The company claims that both trucks will be the longest-distance commercial electric vehicles on sale in the US. The trucks are set to enter production in late 2022, so there is still a short wait before we start seeing them on our roads.
Both eCascadia and eM2 will feature Detroit’s electric drivetrain – Detroit Diesel’s fame – which makes sense, given that it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler Trucks. This “e-powertrain”, as Detroit says, will feature single or dual motors and will offer 23,000 pound-feet of torque. The system would be good for 230 miles in the EM2 and 250 miles in the Iscassia semi.
As part of the ordering process, Daimler is offering an “e-consling” service – those Daimler people like to slap “e” on things, don’t they? – which will help companies integrate new electric trucks into their fleet by advising them on things like charging options.
Daimler did not provide any pricing information, but these are large, heavy Class 8 and medium-duty trucks, we would expect it to be in the neighborhood of “a lot”.
See Level 2 Freightliner Cascadia big rig at CES 2019
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