E-mobility is a crucial factor for the urban traffic of the future. As the technology leader of today, Daimler Trucks & Buses is also aiming to shape the logistics and passenger transportation of tomorrow - with electrified solutions that provide maximum benefits for customers and the environment.
To this end Daimler Trucks & Buses is focusing on the market segments in which electrified trucks and buses can function first – both technologically and economically. With the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, Daimler Buses has been offering a locally emission-free city bus for environmentally friendly public transport in cities and metropolitan areas since 2018. Series production of the battery-powered eCitaro is well underway. Products such as the eCitaro make a substantial contribution to keeping the air cleaner in urban areas. The FUSO eCanter and the Mercedes-Benz eActros are being put through their paces by customers under real-world, everyday conditions. In December 2018 the first Freightliner eM2 was also turned over to customers in the U.S.; the heavy Freightliner eCascadia followed in 2019.
Customer trials are worth their weight in gold to Daimler Trucks: Every day new and important insights are gained. These include, for example, which routes the customers drive, when they want to or must load, or how long it actually takes for the trucks to be charged with enough power again and how the charging infrastructure has to be optimized to do so.
Since mid-2018 the entire global know-how in the field of electromobility has been pooled by Daimler Trucks under the umbrella of its E-Mobility Group. Regardless of brand and segment, the Group defines and implements the e-strategy for components and products. Similar to the global platform strategy of Daimler Trucks & Buses for conventional drives, the E-Mobility Group is also developing a holistic electrical architecture. In this way synergies can be maximized and investments can be optimally made.
At the same time, the E-Mobility Group’s range of activities extend beyond the electric vehicle. The E-Mobility Group also offers comprehensive consulting services and can develop a complete e-ecosystem. This helps to make electromobility more economical for customers in terms of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
As a cross-brand unit the Daimler Trucks & Buses E-Mobility Group has a global presence. Its employees are in locations throughout the company's worldwide development network, including in Portland, U.S.; Stuttgart, Germany; and Kawasaki, Japan.
Our electric vehicles at Daimler Trucks & Buses:
• With the all-electric eActros truck, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is demonstrating that heavy-duty, emission-free and quiet distribution in urban areas is already a reality.
• The eActros is based on the chassis of the Mercedes-Benz Actros. However, the architecture of the vehicle is completely geared to electric drive and has a high percentage of unique components. Lithium-ion batteries provide power for the eActros. Depending on the available recharging power, the batteries can be fully charged within two hours.
• In September of 2018 the first eActros of the so-called "innovation fleet" was handed over to a customer for real-world testing of this heavy electric truck.
• In the meantime, all ten of our "Innovation Fleet" vehicles are in use by customers in various industries in Germany and Switzerland.
• Findings from the field tests of the battery electric 18- and 25-toners are directly incorporated into the further development of the eActro for series production.
• The goal is to realize clean and quiet distribution in urban areas beginning in 2021, including with heavy series-production trucks.
• With the all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro, Daimler Buses has offered a locally emission-free city bus for environmentally friendly public transport in cities and metropolitan areas since 2018.
• Power is supplied by lithium-ion batteries. With its charging technology, the electric bus adapts to the individual requirements of public transport companies. Innovative thermal management ensures efficient energy consumption and forms the foundation that enables a practical range. Without interim charging it can already cover about one-third of the relevant public transport routes. Production of the battery-electric eCitaro is running at a standard rate at the Daimler Buses facility in Mannheim.
• The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro is also the prelude to an innovation offensive for rapid and practical electrification of public transport with buses in cities and metropolitan areas. As the development of battery technology rapidly progresses, eCitaro is already planning to switch to future technologies: In 2021 we will offer eCitaro with the next generation of batteries; by the end of 2020 eCitaro will come to the market with solid-state batteries (lithium-polymer batteries); in 2022 there will also be a range extender for the battery bus (hydrogen-based fuel cell will provide the high-voltage battery with power). In 2020 eCitaro will be available in an additional model variant as an articulated bus.
• The new all-electric city bus eCitaro is part of the eMobility system from Daimler Buses. In order to assist our customers with the conversion to electric bus fleets, our eMobility consulting team advises them to their desired extent on varied possible applications, including bus line lengths, passenger volumes, energy requirements, range calculations and charging management -- are all taken into account.
In June of 2018 eCascadia and eM2 celebrated their premiere at Capital Market Day in Portland.
• With these two vehicle premieres Daimler Trucks is already the leader in the field of electric trucks in the U.S. And Daimler Trucks offers the widest range of electric commercial vehicles in North America of all OEMs.
• Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 are designed to meet customers' needs for electric commercial vehicles that operate on fixed, predictable routes where day trips are mostly between 70 and 250 kilometers.
• Penske Truck Leasing Corporation received the first eM2 at the end of 2018 and will deploy the e-truck in local distribution in the northwestern United States and California. In August of 2019 Penske Truck Leasing Corporation and NFI Industries took delivery of the first two eCascadia heavy-duty distribution models.
• In total, the innovation fleet should be comprised of about 30 vehicles. Series production is planned beginning in the year 2021.
Thomas Built Buses
• In November of 2017 Thomas Built Buses introduced the first all-electric school bus for series production.
• September 2018: Daimler Trucks invests in the U.S. company, Proterra. Both partners are looking at possible synergies in the electrification of school buses and the option to transfer previously proven battery technology and the powertrain from Proterra to the North American school bus market.
• The first electric school buses will go into trial use in 2019.
• FUSO celebrated the global launch of the FUSO eCanter in New York in September 2017 and has since delivered the vehicle to numerous customers around the globe.
• The FUSO eCanter is the world's first all-electric light-duty truck in small-series production.
• Customers are now operating around 150 vehicles in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Lisbon. More deliveries are set to follow successively.
• The global FUSO eCanter fleet has surpassed more than one million kilometres, driven locally emission-free.
• With a range of 100-kilometres, the 7.49 tonne vehicle easily meets the inner-city short-range distribution requirements of its customers. At rapid charging stations the charging time can be reduced to one and a half hours only.
• The next generation of the FUSO eCanter with improved range and technology is expected to be introduced in 2021. The FUSO eCanter is produced in Kawasaki, Japan and in Tramagal, Portugal.