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Battery Electric Freightliner Innovation Fleet Logs 300,000 Miles

Auto News - Published on Thu, 06 Aug 2020

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Freightliner announced that its Innovation Fleet has accumulated more than 300,000 miles in real-world use by customers. The Innovation Fleet is a 30-vehicle fleet of battery electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks testing integration of the technology into large-scale commercial transportation operations. The Freightliner Innovation Fleet is supported by the South Coast Air Quality Management District which focuses on improving air quality in the South Coast Basin of Southern California and partially funded the project. The fleet includes 10 eM2s and 20 eCascadias testing in a variety of applications, including drayage, regional and local delivery, food distribution, and parcel delivery.

In an industry whose product development cycles typically extend seven years, Freightliner has an ambitious timeline for bringing commercial battery electric products to market which includes:

June, 2018 - Freightliner announced the Innovation Fleet comprised of 10 eM2s and 20 eCascadias and names Penske Truck Leasing and NFI as partners for deployment.

October, 2018 - Freightliner convened first meeting of the Electric Vehicle Council to collaborate with customers interested in fleet electrification.

December, 2018 - The first eM2 was delivered to Penske.

April, 2019 - DTNA announced electric vehicle manufacturing will include assembly at Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant in Portland, Oregon.

August, 2019 - The first eCascadias were delivered to Penske and NFI.

March, 2020 - Freightliner announced the Customer Experience Fleet and plans to add six eCascadias and two eM2s to a pre-series testing fleet for rotational use by 14 customers.

July, 2020 - The planned start of series production for the Freightliner eCascadia is mid 2022, and the planned start of series production for the Freightliner eM2 is late 2022.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 06 Aug 2020
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