Daimler Truck Starts Production on Battery Electric Freightliner eM2

Daimler Truck began production of the Freightliner eM2 at its Daimler Truck North America subsidiary. The battery electric medium-duty truck is designed for pick-up and delivery applications and represents one of 10 battery electric vehicles from Daimler Truck in series production worldwide.

“The start of production for this versatile truck marks another important milestone on our journey to a zero-emissions product line,” Rakesh Aneja, head of e-mobility at Daimler Truck North America, said. “The feedback we’ve received reinforces our confidence that the Freightliner eM2 will meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. Our partners and dealers are looking forward to introducing the Freightliner eM2 to their customers, and we are excited to see it in use by customers and fleets.”

The Freightliner eM2 is being manufactured at Daimler Truck North America’s truck manufacturing plant in Portland, OR. The first production units in the U.S. will be delivered to Ferguson, Hogan Truck Leasing, Penske Truck Leasing, PITT OHIO, Ryder, TITAN Freight Systems and Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing. In Canada, the first units will go to Brossard Leasing and Day & Ross.

The eM2 is built on the Freightliner M2 106 Plus platform and follows the introduction of the battery electric Freightliner eCascadia in 2022, thereby extending CO2-neutral transportation to the medium-duty segment.

The eM2 features a battery electric Detroit ePowertrain. Its design places electric motors and a two-speed transmission directly on the drive axles. The driving range varies based on the two available battery capacity options for the eM2. The Class 6 single-motor model provides up to 190 continuous horsepower, a 194 kWh battery and a typical range of 180 miles (290 kilometers) on a single charge. In contrast, the Class 7 dual-motor variant offers up to 255 continuous horsepower, supported by a 291 kWh battery, providing a typical range of 250 miles (400 kilometers) on a single charge.

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