Daimler's Trucks & Buses commercial vehicle division is celebrating another milestone on the way to electrifying its vehicle portfolio: customers around the world have covered more than seven million kilometres with battery-electric trucks and buses.
Positive customer feedback and findings from intensive tests with e-trucks from the Mercedes-Benz, FUSO and Freightliner brands show that the electrification of road freight transport is feasible today. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric city bus has been in use as a series vehicle in various European cities since 2018.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks was one of the world's first manufacturers to present a heavy electric truck at the IAA 2016. With the fully electric eActros truck, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is demonstrating that heavy-duty distribution transport for urban areas is already possible without co2 emissions. The eActros with a range of around 200 km has been asserting itself since 2018 at various customers in Europe as a locally CO2-neutral alternative for urban distribution. The start of series production is planned for 2021.
The first practical use of the Mercedes-Benz eEconic truck, which was announced in 2020 and based on the eActros, is planned for the coming year. The start of series production is planned for 2022. The eEconic is mainly used in the waste disposal industry, which is very suitable for battery-electric trucks due to the comparatively short and firmly planned routes of around 100 km with a very high stop-and-go proportion.
The lightweight FUSO eCanter electric truck celebrated its world premiere in September 2017 and is being delivered to numerous customers around the world. The fully electric light truck from FUSO is the answer to the public need for locally emission-free trucks for light inner-city distribution. More than 170 light FUSO eCanter trucks are already in use by numerous customers in Japan, the USA and Europe. With a fast charger, the charging time can be reduced to around one and a half hours. The eCanter is produced in Kawasaki, Japan and Tramagal, Portugal.
In June 2018, the heavy eCascadia and the medium-heavy eM2 premiered in Portland, USA. Both e-trucks are currently undergoing tests with customers in the USA. The trial fleet includes over 38 vehicles in a variety of applications including regional and local distribution or food distribution. They are expected to have a range of around 370 km (eM2) or up to 400 km (eCascadia). Series production of the eCascadia is planned to start in mid-2022 and that of the Freightliner eM2 at the end of 2022.
With the fully electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, Daimler Buses has been offering a locally emission-free city bus for environmentally friendly public transport in cities and metropolitan areas since 2018. The eCitaro impresses with its elegant design and exemplary thermal management to minimize energy consumption.
Daimler Trucks has the ambition of offering only CO2-neutral vehicles in Europe, Japan and North America by 2039.
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