Consegnati i primi due esemplari di Freightliner eCascadia, presto i modelli di serie

La mobilità elettrica non passa solo dalle automobili. In futuro, anche furgoni e mezzi pesanti dovranno convertirsi all'elettrico. Ma se per i primi questo non rappresenta un problema così grande, per i camion il discorso è molto diverso. Studiati per affrontare lunghe tratte, faticano a trovare nell'elettrico una concreta soluzione per il futuro dal momento che, ad oggi, quello dell'autonomia continua ad essere uno dei principali limiti di questa tecnologia.

C'è però chi sta comunque lavorando in questa direzione. Si tratta di Daimler, che entro la fine del mese consegnerà i primi due esemplari di Freightliner eCascadia. Variante 100% elettrica di uno dei truck più venduti negli Stati Uniti.I due camion entreranno nella flotta di due aziende di trasporto nel sud della California, dando il via ad un progetto pilota (anche se in ritardo di un anno sulla tabella di marcia) che dovrebbe portare alla commercializzazione del modello di serie entro il 2021.

400 km di autonomia

Ad alimentare il Freightliner eCascadia provvede un pacco batterie da 550 kWh, mentre la potenza massima, invece, si aggira intorno ai 730 CV. Considerando le condizioni di utilizzo del mezzo e quindi le masse in gioco, stiamo parlando di oltre 36 tonnellate a pieno carico, l'autonomia del camion elettrico americano si attesta intorno a un valore di 400 km. In questo momento sufficienti solo a permettere all'eCascadia di muoversi unicamente in ambito regionale. Tuttavia, per ricaricare la batteria fino all'80% bastano 90 minuti.

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First Freightliner eCascadia Battery Electric Trucks Headed to Customers

Portland, Ore. – August 12, 2019 – Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) announced today that it has built the first two Class 8 battery electric Freightliner eCascadias for customers at its research and development center in Portland. The trucks are part of Freightliner’s Electric Innovation Fleet and built to test the integration of battery electric trucks in to large-scale fleet operations.

“This milestone in electric is important as both today and tomorrow’s technology is progressing. Our purpose is resolute – we build for our customers,” said Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of DTNA. “Our team is incredibly proud to be leading the way for the industry, but prouder still to be working with our customers in a process of co-creation to make real electric trucks for real work in the real world.”

The eCascadia is built on the proven foundation of the Freightliner Cascadia, the best-selling Class 8 heavy-duty truck on the market. The initial customer shipments are the first heavy-duty additions to the 30-vehicle Freightliner Innovation Fleet. Real-world use of the Innovation Fleet and continuing feedback from the members of the Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council will inform the final production versions of both the eCascadia and the medium-duty Freightliner eM2 in a process of co-creation.

Co-creation is the central tenet of DTNA’s approach to electrifying the future of commercial vehicles and a key enabler to the widespread adoption of battery electric trucks. The Electric Vehicle Council brings together 38 Freightliner customers to identify and address all potential hurdles to large-scale deployment of commercial battery electric vehicles. Issues at the forefront of the discussion include charging infrastructure, partnerships with other parties in the e-mobility value chain, vehicle specifications and vehicle use case.

Penske Truck Leasing of Reading, Pennsylvania and NFI of Camden, New Jersey are both members of the Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council and will be the first companies to employ the revolutionary eCascadia in their commercial operations. The eCascadias are destined for the Southern California operations of both companies and will arrive later this month. Additional deliveries of the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet will continue throughout 2019.

The Freightliner Innovation Fleet is supported by a partnership between DTNA and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) which focuses on improving air quality in the South Coast Basin and partially funded the Innovation Fleet with a nearly $16M grant. The first of the medium-duty electric Freightliner eM2s began service earlier this year with Penske Truck Leasing and are operated within the South Coast AQMD.

“This is an exciting time for the future of zero-emissions trucks, said Wayne Nastri, South Coast AQMD’s Executive Officer. “As we work towards meeting air quality standards, it is imperative that truck manufacturers accelerate the commercialization of these technologies that will help clean our air and protect public health.”

e-Mobility at Daimler Trucks

The Freightliner eCascadia is a Class 8 tractor designed for local and regional distribution and drayage. Both the eCascadia and the medium-duty eM2 are currently planned to enter series production in late 2021. The Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 are part of Daimler Trucks’ global electrified truck initiative, joining the company’s Thomas Built Buses all-electric Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley school bus, the FUSO eCanter, and the Mercedes-Benz eActros and eCitaro.