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

The first trucks will be operated by Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries as part of Freightliner’s “Innovation Fleet” in southern California. Additional customers that are participating in the pilot program will take delivery later this year.

Freightliner will use feedback from the customers to tweak the trucks. The company also is testing the eM2 medium-duty electric truck. Series production of both EVs is targeted to begin in about two years.

The eCascadia is powered by electric motors that generate 730 hp. The truck’s 550-kWh battery pack provides a 250-mile driving range and can be recharged to 80% capacity in 90 minutes.

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