Daimler Truck North America starts series production of Freightliner eM2

In Freightliner, News, Daimler2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 3, 2023

Daimler Truck has announced the start of series production of the Freightliner eM2 at Daimler Truck North America.

The battery electric medium-duty truck is designed for pick-up and delivery applications and represents one of now ten battery electric vehicles from Daimler Truck in series production worldwide.

“The start of production for this versatile truck marks another important milestone on our journey to a zero-emissions product line,” said Rakesh Aneja, head of eMobility at DTNA.

“The feedback we’ve received 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 Freightliner eM2 is being manufactured at DTNA’s truck manufacturing plant in Portland, Oregon.

The eM2 is built on the 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.

The eM2 features a proprietary, fully integrated, battery electric Detroit ePowertrain. Its streamlined design places electric motors and a two-speed transmission directly on the drive axles, resulting in minimised energy cost per kilometre. The driving range varies based on the two available battery capacity options for the eM2. The class 6 single-motor model provides up to 190 continuous horsepower, a 194kWh battery, and a typical range of 290km on a single charge.

In contrast, the class 7 dual-motor variant offers up to 255 continuous horsepower, supported by a 291kWh battery, providing a typical range of 400kilometres on a single charge.