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Electric Trucks To Begin Field-Testing This Year

On June 6, 2018 the world's largest truck maker, Daimler unveiled two all-electric commercial trucks:  the Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 IO6. The two trucks will be produced by Daimler's US division, Freightliner, and were announced to kick off a global organization for electric mobility called the E-Mobility Group.

Freightliner eCascadia

The eCascadia is based on the Cascadia class 8. The heavy-duty truck is intended for regional deliveries and offers 730 horsepower through it's motor. The eCascadia is powered by 550 kWh batteries, which will give the fully-powered big rig a range of up to 250 miles. Charging the battery to 80 percent takes approximately 90 minutes and will provide an additional 200 miles of range. 

eM2 IO6

This medium-duty truck will be marketed for local distribution and last-mile delivery service. It offers up to 480 horsepower of power output. The 325 kWh battery has an expected range of 230 miles. Recharging to 80 percent will take about 60 minutes and add 184 miles of range. 

 

Field-Testing and Production

Daimler announced its plans to deliver 30 prototypes to US customers later in 2018 for field and operation testing. Daimler, the world's largest truck-maker and company behind the luxury Mercedes-Benz, also announced a new research and development center in Portland. The Portland location will work with existing facilities in Germany and India to develop self-driving freights.  

Competition

Tesla already has over 450 reservations for its Semi, which it plans to begin producing by 2022. Tesla claims the Semi will travel up to 500 miles per battery charge, twice the distance Daimler says their eCascadia will travel on a single charge. As of yet, Tesla still doesn't have a truck factory.

Navistar International Corp and their partner, Volkswagen AG, have announced plans for a medium-duty truck. They plan to launch their truck in America by late 2019. Although few details have been released about the plans for any specific model, it has been reported that the partnering companies have allocated $1.7 billion for electric drives, autonomous vehicles, and cloud-based systems to be produced by 2022.

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