Will your terminal tractors soon be pushing a payload destined for plug-in vehicles? Giving Tesla’s revolutionary electric semis a run for their money, Daimler, one of the world’s largest truck producers, recently unveiled their eCascadia semi, adding the electric hauling behemoth to its relatively new electric truck division.
What Kind of Electrically-Powered Products is Daimler Packing?
– FUSO eCanter
A lighter-duty, box-truck-style hauler capable of lugging up to 3-½ tons over a 62-mile range.
A large, 212-kWh battery pack powers this 26-ton capacity hauler, gifting it with 125-miles of range.
– Freightliner eM2 106
A last-mile delivery hauler, with 325-kWh battery, 230-mile range, providing 80% recharge in 60-minutes.
– eCascadia Semi
The eCascadia is a heavy-duty, 730-HP, Class 8 truck with a range of up to 250-miles, powered by a behemoth 550-kWh battery capable of recharging to about 80% within 90-minutes.
How Does it Stack Up Against Tesla’s Competition?
Tesla touts an unbelievable 500-mile range for its yet roadway-ready Class 8, 80,000-pound capacity hauler. Martin Daum, head of trucks and buses at Daimler, implied Tesla’s specs are either stretching the truth, or defy the laws of physics – but if true, will pass them by. Both are feeling the pressure.
And the Winner Is…
The Daimler addition marks an interesting twist in the burgeoning market of more environmentally friendly transportation mediums. With competition in the all-electric truck division heating up, it’s anyone’s guess who will push to the forefront of the electrically-powered vehicle market when they actually hit the road, unveiling their true capacities. Potentially inspiring more competition from other manufacturers as motivations for a lower carbon footprint drive the market.
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