Freightliner kicks off production of electric medium duty model

Built on the Freightliner M2 106 Plus platform, the eM2 follows the introduction of the battery electric Freightliner eCascadia in 2022.

Daimler Truck North America has begun production of its battery electric Freightliner eM2, a zero emission medium-duty truck designed for pick-up and delivery applications, manufactured in Portland, Oregon.

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.

DTNA's Head of eMobility Rakesh Aneja said the feedback received on early models "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," he said. 

The eM2 is built on the Freightliner M2 106 Plus platform and follows the 2022 introduction of the battery electric Freightliner eCascadia.

The eM2 features a proprietary, fully integrated, battery electric Detroit ePowertrain, a streamlined design that places electric motors and a 2-speed transmission directly on the drive axles for minimized energy cost per mile.

The driving range varies based on the two 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 on a single charge. The class 7 dual-motor offers up to 255 continuous horsepower, and a 291 kWh battery provides a typical range of 250 miles on a single charge.

Trucks are equipped with standard safety features like Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA5), Tailgate Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) down to 0 mph, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent High-Beams, Automatic Wipers/Headlamps, and Side Guard Assist. The eM2 is further enhanced by Detroit Connect, a state-of-the-art connected vehicle solution that facilitates real-time monitoring of battery health, charging status, and energy usage. This connectivity enables efficient route planning, energy optimization, and post-trip data analysis to improve overall energy efficiency.

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Trucks also feature proprietary battery side impact protection. 

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