PITT OHIO adds two electric box trucks to its Cleveland fleet

PITT OHIO electric truck
PITT OHIO's Freightliner eM2 features 255 continuous horsepower and a 250-mile range.

PITT OHIO has added two Class 7 Freightliner electric eM2 26-foot box trucks to its LTL business based out of Cleveland, Ohio, and the Pittsburg, Pennsylvania-based motor carrier becomes the first to deploy the eM2 since it went into production last year. 

The eM2 electric trucks feature 255 continuous horsepower and a 250-mile range, well-suited for local and regional delivery routes in the greater Cleveland area, and have 291 kWh battery capacity and can be recharged at PITT OHIO’s facility in Parma, Ohio, within an hour (up to 80%). PITT OHIO’s Cleveland terminal is home to a patented renewable energy microgrid that is powered by eight wind turbines and 1,500 solar panels, providing up to 68 megawatts of annual energy. 

“The technology is rapidly evolving. It’s exciting to see how fast this change is occurring, resulting in significant improvements both in range and payload that are nearer to our conventional units (than earlier vehicles),” said Taki Darakos, PITT OHIO’s vice president of vehicle maintenance and fleet services. 

Morgan Truck Body collaborated with PITT OHIO on a lightweight body constructed of structural composite foam core panel walls, an aluminum subframe, and an encapsulated hardwood floor with anti-slip surface. The body is up to 40% lighter than traditional truck bodies to increase available payload capacity.

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