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Daimler introduces Detroit ePowertrain amid $20 Million factory investment

The proprietary Detroit ePowertrain to power the upcoming Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2 has been announced by Daimler Trucks North America.

Part of Daimler Trucks’ global platform strategy to establish a uniform basic architecture for their broad line-up of battery-electric vehicles around the globe, the Detroit ePowertrain, through its inauguration in North America, is expected to bring with it unprecedented global synergies and economies of scale for CO₂-neutral commercial vehicles.

The announcement was accompanied by news of Daimler’s plans to invest $20 million in the Detroit manufacturing facility located in Detroit, Michigan, where the Detroit ePowertrain components will be produced for the North American market.

“By utilising our Detroit ePowertrain to power the Freightliner eCascadia and eM2, we are giving Freightliner buyers the same level of confidence that comes with our conventionally-powered portfolio, known throughout the industry as having the best total cost of ownership – bar none,” said Richard Howard, Daimler Trucks Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, On-Highway.

“Nowhere else can buyers find the level of performance, support, quality, dedication to uptime, and engineering expertise as with our Detroit product portfolio. Our investment in Detroit — and in the city of the same name — harkens a new era for a storied name in the global automotive landscape.”

Initially, the Detroit ePowertrain will offer an eAxle design operating at 400 volts and be offered in two variants suitable for a variety of commercial vehicle applications.

The single motor design is rated at 180 horsepower, delivering maximum torque of up to 11,500 lb-ft of torque, while the dual motor design offers up to 360 horsepower and 23,000 lb-ft of torque.

A choice of three battery offerings for the eCascadia and eM2 will initially available to pair with the Detroit ePowertrain.

These will include a 210 kilowatt hour (kWh) version, a 315 kWh version, and a 475 kWh version.

Battery packs are comprised of arrays of lithium-Ion prismatic cells.

In Detroit’s first ePowertrain offerings, the maximum range specifications will exceed 230 miles on a full charge for the medium-duty eM2 and 250 miles for the Class 8 eCascadia prime mover.

“The combination of Freightliner and Detroit has been delivering an incredible experience to our valued customers for over four decades,” said Rakesh Aneja, Head of eMobility at Daimler Trucks North America.

“An integrated ePowertrain from Detroit respects that legacy and moves us into a new era for the industry by improving operational efficiency while simultaneously eliminating tailpipe emissions.”

Whether its diesel or electric, Detroit, throughout its 80-year history, has been a leader in making innovative powertrain technologies.

Initial production of the Detroit ePowertrain is expected to begin in late 2021.

The start of production for both Freightliner models begins in 2022.

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