Daimler Trucks North America is getting more battery-electric trucks out into the world, if not the wild.
The Portland company said Tuesday that six heavy-duty and two medium-duty electrics will be deployed with a group of customers who are working with it “to identify and address all potential hurdles to large-scale deployment of commercial battery electric vehicles.”
Daimler calls the program the Freightliner Customer Experience Fleet. The company will gather data and feedback from the fleet over the next 22 months.
Earlier, Daimler launched what it calls the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet to customers who have now put more than 100,000 cumulative miles on the trucks. The first Class 8 battery-electric Freightliner eCascadias were dispatched as part of that program in August last year.
The pre-series trucks in the new program include Freightliner eCascadias and eM2 106 trucks. Daimler describes the eCascadia, which has a 250-mile range, as “designed for local and regional distribution and drayage,” while the 230-mile-range eM2 is “designed for local distribution, pickup and delivery, food and beverage delivery and last-mile logistics applications.”