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Hybrid

Daimler to Focus on Electric Powertrains

Daimler AG will concentrate future powertrain efforts on all-electric systems, development chief Markus Schaefer tells Auto Motor und Sport.

Batteries

CATL to Supply EV Batteries to Daimler Trucks

Daimler AG’s Trucks & Buses unit will source lithium-ion battery modules from China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) for a variety of electric trucks, starting in 2021.

Autonomous Vehicles

Freightliner Launches Electric Trucks in U.S.

Daimler AG’s Freightliner heavy-duty truck unit is launching full electric versions of the Cascadia big rig this month in the U.S.

Autonomous Vehicles

Daimler Trucks Forms Autonomous Tech Unit

Daimler AG’s commercial truck unit is creating an Autonomous Technology Group that will develop systems for Level 4 self-driving vehicles.

Autonomous Vehicles

Daimler to Launch Semi-Autonomous Big Rig in U.S.

Later this year in the U.S., Daimler AG will begin offering a heavy-duty truck with Level 2 semi-autonomous driving capability.

Production

Daimler Opens Sprinter Van Plant in U.S.

Daimler AG has opened a $500 million factory in North Charleston, S.C., to make Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery vans for the North American market.

Hybrid

Daimler Unveils Two Electric Commercial Trucks for U.S.

Daimler AG is preparing to launch two all-electric commercial trucks in North America in 2021.

Connectivity

Daimler Expands Big-Rig Platooning Tests to the U.S.

Daimler AG says it has begun testing a pair of its Freightliner New Cascadia heavy-duty trucks in a connected platoon on public roads in Oregon.

Nielsen Named Head of Daimler’s North American Truck Unit

Roger Nielsen has been appointed president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), effective April 1.

Electronics

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van

It is hard to describe how large—more precisely, long and spacious—the Sprinter Passenger Van is in a meaningful way.

Production

Daimler to Expand Diesel Plant Near Detroit

Daimler AG is spending $375 million (€352 million) to add medium-duty diesel engine capacity at its Detroit Diesel Corp. manufacturing complex near Detroit.

Quality

Daimler to Begin Testing Self-Driving Trucks in Germany

Daimler AG tells the Frankfurter Allgemeine it hopes before the end of 2015 to begin testing self-driving commercial trucks on German highways.

Autonomous Vehicles

Freightliner Goes Autonomous

Class 8 trucks have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 33,000 lb. or more. So if you’re going to make one that can drive semi-autonomously (driver, yes; controlling the vehicle all the time, no) on public roads, then you really need to get it right. Which is what Daimler Trucks North America has done—and it has license plates from the state of Nevada to prove it.

Regulations

Daimler, FCA Recall 42,700 Trucks to Replace Takata Airbag Inflators

Daimler AG and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are recalling 42,700 trucks and vans in the U.S. to replace Takata Corp. airbag inflators that could explode in a crash.

Autonomous Vehicles

Living in the Future (Now)

“There is a clear need for this generation of trucks. We are the pioneers willing to tackle it.”--Wolfgang Bernhard

Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomy & Beyond!

Autonomous vehicles have long seemed to be something that we would experience “In the FUTURE!” (imagine those words intoned by someone with a booming voice, like in a movie trailer). Yet thanks to some very clever technologists, engineers and programmers at OEMs, supplier companies, and, well, Google, autonomous vehicles are quickly becoming everyday reality.

Daimler Debuts Self-Driving Truck in Nevada

Daimler AG has unveiled its first self-driving highway truck, the Freightliner Inspiration, and declared it licensed and ready to take to the roads of Nevada.

Mobility

Daimler Debuts Licensed Self-Driving Truck in Nevada

Daimler AG has unveiled its first self-driving highway truck, the Freightliner Inspiration, and declared it licensed and ready to take to the roads of Nevada.

Production

Daimler Announces Sprinter Van Plant for U.S.

Daimler AG will spend $500 million to build a factory in Ladson, S.C., to make Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery vans.

Production

Cleveland Rocks (No, Not That One)

And for an entirely different reason, as well.

Portlandia—Land of. . .Trucks?

When I think of Portland, I think of this I don’t think of this Yes, that’s a truck.

Business

Daimler to End Van Production for VW

Daimler AG says it won't renew its 11-year agreement to supply a variant of its Sprinter large commercial van to Volkswagen AG when the pact expires at the end of 2016.

Propulsion

Daimler to Expand Michigan Truck Powertrain Plant

Daimler AG's truck unit will invest $120 million to upgrade a factory in Redford Township, Mich., to produce a fully integrated powertrain for the company's Freightliner and Western Star brand heavy-duty trucks.