Daimler subsidiary Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has handed over the first medium-duty Freightliner eM2 to US customer Penske Truck Leasing Corporation in Los Angeles.
Penske Truck Leasing is to operate the electric truck in local distribution traffic in the Northwest Pacific and in California.
In the course of 2019, Penske Truck Leasing Corporation will receive in 20 fully-electric Freightliner trucks: ten medium-duty eM2 and ten eCascadia for heavy-duty transportation. In total the Freightliner’s innovation fleet will include 30 vehicles. The series production is planned for 2021.
Daimler says that with a range of 230 miles (370km), the Freightliner eM2 is perfect for last-mile delivery services. The batteries charge up to 80 per cent in 60 minutes, providing 325 kWh usable capacity for up to 480 peak horsepower. The Freightliner eCascadia will have up to 730 peak horsepower. The batteries provide 550 kWh usable capacity, a range of up to 250 miles (402km) and have the ability to charge up to 80 percent (providing a range of 200 miles (322km)) in about 90 minutes.