Daimler Hands Over First Electric Freightliner eM2 Truck To Penske

DEC 23 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

Look for the first Freightliner eM2 on the road in LA

Daimler Trucks delivered the first out of 10 fully electric Freightliner eM2 trucks to Penske Truck Leasing Corporation in Los Angeles, which will test the vehicles before the launch of series production in 2021. Penske Truck Leasing will also get 10 Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty trucks at a later stage.

The eM2 will be used in day to day-operation in local distribution traffic in the Northwest Pacific and in California.

As the Penske Truck Leasing Corporation is a global transportation services provider operating more than 270.000 vehicles, results of the tests are extremely important for the manufacturer.

Freightliner eM2 specs:

  • up to 480 peak horsepower
  • 325 kWh usable battery capacity
  • up to 230 miles (370 km) of range
  • ability to charge up to 80 percent (providing a range of 184 miles) in about 60 minutes
  • 26,000 lb. gross combined weight rating (GCWR)

Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing said:

“Penske is honored to be the first company to put this new medium-duty electric truck into service. 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.”

Martin Daum, Daimler Board Member responsible for Trucks and Buses, said:

“We aim to be frontrunners with electric trucks just as we are with conventional trucks – and we deliver on this objective once again: 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”

Gesa Reimelt, head of E-mobility Group Daimler Trucks & Buses:

“Early on, Daimler has started electrifying its trucks. Today, customers in the US, Japan and Europe already operate our battery-driven trucks almost noiseless and locally free of emissions: Our light-weight FUSO eCanter which is in series production and our near-series heavy-duty truck Mercedes-Benz eActros. In collaboration with our clients, we are now going to speed up developing our electric Freightliner models eCascadia and eM2 to optimize them for tough everyday operations – technologically and economically. Here we benefit from our global sharing of knowledge and experience within our E-Mobility Group. It pools all of our e-activities in one organization – independently of brand, region and vehicle segment.”

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6 Comments on "Daimler Hands Over First Electric Freightliner eM2 Truck To Penske"

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Daimler planned to have 30 trucks, mostly e-Cascadias, in customer fleets by year-end. A single eM2 is pretty underwhelming, but at least it’s a start.

I think the heavy truck makers have been spooked by Tesla taking a huge bite out of luxury sedan market and they’re not going to sit on their hands and let the same happen with the Tesla semi-tractor. Meanwhile the traditional ICE car makers are lagging far behind.

Before I got my home charging dock installed I used to top up at an L2 not far from home. I like to go for a jog while the car is charging but this one was on the edge of 2 large truck stops. The stench and fumes were really unpleasant. The ICE is still going to rule for long haul trucking for some time but when it comes to diesel, LESS IS MORE!

I think cities will start to ban diesel trucks as noise and odor nuisances once BEV trucks become widely available. Diesel will be relegated to long haul, picking up and dropping off trailers at staging yards on the outskirts.

It takes 7-15 years to develop completely new heavy truck platform from nothing. Maybe few years less if you already have some components in production.

You Tesla fans are delusional if you think Daimler or whatever makes deliveries just because of some silly publicity stunts for stock pumping purpose some months ago. Development has started many years ago.

Daimlier and Penske, now there is a winning combination!

Yes, the Daimler-Penske team worked wonders for smart, didn’t it?