Daimler Trucks & Buses and CATL enter global battery cell modules supply agreement for electric trucks

In News, Daimler3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 19, 2019

From left to right: Dr Robin Zeng, founder and CEO, Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), Gesa Reimelt, head of e-mobility group Daimler Trucks & Buses, and Dr Frank Reintjes, head of global powertrain, e-Mobility and manufacturing engineering Daimler Trucks.

Daimler Trucks & Buses and battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) have entered a global battery cell modules supply agreement for electric series trucks. CATL will supply lithium-ion battery cell modules for a wide range of Daimler Trucks & Buses‘ global electric truck portfolio to be introduced in markets from 2021 onwards, including the Mercedes-Benz eActros, the Freightliner eCascadia and the Freightliner eM2. The development of the battery systems lies with Daimler Trucks & Buses. Daimler Trucks & Buses will also carry out battery pack assembly, at its Mercedes-Benz Mannheim plant in Germany and its Detroit (Michigan) plant in the US. 

“At Daimler Trucks & Buses, we are constantly leveraging our strong technological position and global presence through intelligent platforms and shared modules. We are extending this formula of success to our electric trucks as well, fulfilling our customers‘ needs with speed to market and best-available technology. Our E-Mobility Group and the new partnership with CATL are key elements of this approach,” said Dr Frank Reintjes, head of global powertrain, e-mobility and manufacturing engineering Daimler Trucks.

CATL president Jia Zhou said CATL was committed to drive new energy innovations throughout the world, and providing highly efficient and reliable solutions to electrify commercial vehicles was an essential element for the overall development of the e-mobility market.

“Our global partnership with Daimler Trucks & Buses is an important step forward to realise our shared vision of a more sustainable society in the near future.”

Gesa Reimelt, head of e-mobility group Daimler Trucks & Buses said as the world‘s leading truck manufacturer, Daimler strove to be first to market with series production zero-emission transportation solutions on a global scale.

“Already today, we have battery-electric trucks in customer operation around the world. Working with CATL as a strong global partner will go a long way in providing a wide range of electric trucks for series production from 2021 onwards.”