Finding a way to reduce the carbon footprint of the logistics industry has been a focal point for years and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has made large strides in aiding the reduction. DTNA will be using Detroit’s ePowertrain in the upcoming Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2. These two new products are part of DTNA’s strategy to set a uniform architecture for a broad line-up of electric vehicles. Along with the two new trucks, DTNA has revealed a $20 million plan to invest in the Detroit manufacturing facility located in Detroit, MI. This plant will serve as the main source of Detroit ePowertrain parts for North America.
At first, Detroit ePowertrain will offer an eAxle design which will have two variants made for a variety of commercial vehicles. The single motor variant is rated at 180 hp and will deliver a maximum torque of 11,500 lb-ft. The dual motor design offers 360 hp and 23,000 lb-ft of torque.
The Detroit ePowertrain will be paired to the choice of three batteries for the eCascadia and eM2 which include a 210-kilowatt hour (kWh) version, a 315-kWh version, and a 475-kWh version. The batteries will be lithium-Ion prismatic cells. The maximum range for the medium duty eM2 will exceed 230 miles and 250 miles for the Class 8 eCascadia tractor.