Daimler Truck North America LLC commences series production of the Freightliner eM2, a battery electric medium-duty truck designed for pick-up and delivery applications. These vehicles are being manufactured at DTNA’s truck manufacturing plant in Portland, Oregon. The first production units in the U.S. will be delivered to Ferguson, Hogan Truck Leasing, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing, PITT OHIO, Ryder System, Inc., 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 well-established 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. Currently, DTNA holds a leadership position with the eCascadia in the Class 8 market, based on available Polk registration data from the beginning of the year up until September 2023.
The eM2 features a proprietary, fully integrated, battery-electric Detroit ePowertrain. Its streamlined design places electric motors and a 2-speed transmission directly on the drive axles, resulting in 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 hp, a 194 kWh battery, and a typical range of 180 miles on a single charge. In contrast, the class 7 dual-motor variant offers up to 255 continuous hp, supported by a 291 kWh battery, providing a typical range of 250 miles on a single charge. For more, visit freightliner.com/trucks/em2/.