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.
The batteries initially will be used in the Mercedes-Benz eActros and Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty trucks, plus the Freightliner eM2 medium-duty model. Daimler launched limited production of the electric trucks last year. It isn’t clear who supplies batteries for those vehicles.
Daimler will assemble cells from CATL into batteries at facilities in Germany and Detroit.
CATL, which is China’s largest EV battery supplier, previously announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Germany. The company recently won battery cell contracts with BMW, Bosch and Toyota, and also is said to be in talks with Porsche AG.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.
The pickup-truck segment in the U.S. market is somewhat like the vehicles themselves: big.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.