Daimler Truck North America has started series production of the new Freightliner eM2 battery electric medium-duty trucks. These vehicles are being manufactured at DTNA’s truck manufacturing plant in Portland, Oregon. The eM2 is built on the well-established Freightliner M2 106 Plus platform and follows the introduction of the battery electric Freightliner eCascadia in 2022, thereby extending CO2-neutral transportation to the medium-duty segment.
Freightliner eM2 battery electric truck: the main technical features
Technically speaking, the eM2 features a proprietary, fully integrated, battery electric Detroit ePowertrain. Its streamlined design places electric motors and a 2-speed transmission directly on the drive axles, resulting in minimized energy cost per mile. The driving range varies based on the two battery capacity options for the eM2. The class 6 single-motor model provides up to 190 continuous horsepower, a 194 kWh battery, and a typical range of 180 miles on a single charge. On the other hand, the class 7 dual-motor variant offers up to 255 continuous horsepower, supported by a 291 kWh battery, providing a typical range of 250 miles on a single charge.
“The start of production for this versatile truck marks another important milestone on our journey to a zero-emissions product line,” said Rakesh Aneja, head of eMobility at Daimler Truck North America. “The feedback we’ve received reinforces our confidence that the Freightliner eM2 will meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. Our partners and dealers are looking forward to introducing the Freightliner eM2 to their customers, and we are excited to see it in use by customers and fleets.”