More medium-duty electric trucks are coming to market

    Seth Skydel, Author

    Via FE Fleet Equipqment Magazine

    When Mark Smith, program manager of technology integration with the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, spoke on the subject of fleet electrification at the recent Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference, part of his presentation covered the 21st Century Truck Partnership. The 21CTP, he noted, has been expanding its medium-duty electric commercial vehicle development initiatives.

    The 21CTP program, which brings together four federal agencies (DOE, EPA, DOT, DOD) and 11 OEM and supplier partners, is focused on research and development into affordable, efficient, energy secure and sustainable vehicle technologies. The partnership is also a framework for a number of commercial truck research concepts.

    Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) took a major step in that direction recently when it unveiled two new Freightliner electric vehicle models, including a medium-duty eM2 106 truck with a 26,000-lb. GCWR. Designed for local distribution, pickup and delivery, food and beverage delivery and last-mile logistics applications, the eM2 produces up to 480 peak HP and its batteries provide a range of up to 230 miles. The truck also has the ability to charge its batteries up to 80% (providing a range of 184 miles) in about 60 minutes.

    Along with the eM2, the OEM also introduced a heavy-duty electrified Freightliner eCascadia model. Later this year, the OEM plans to deliver an Electric Innovation Fleet of 30 vehicles to customers for testing in specific applications, with the goal of starting production in 2021.

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