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September 20, 2019 2:00 PM, EDT

Daimler Trucks Announces Battery Cell Supplier

Daimler eCascadia TruckA pair of electric Freightliner eCascadias. (Daimler Trucks North America)

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Daimler Trucks announced an agreement with battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. to supply lithium-ion battery cell modules for its electric trucks, including the Mercedes-Benz eActros, Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2.

Series production of Daimler’s electric trucks is expected to begin in 2021.

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Battery pack assembly will be carried out by Daimler Trucks & Buses at its Mercedes-Benz Mannheim plant in Germany and its Detroit plant in the U.S., according to the Stuttgart, Germany-based company. The manufacturer’s North American operations are in Portland, Ore.

The heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz eActros, with a range of around 200 km (124 miles), is in intensive customer trials in Germany and Switzerland. In the United States, the all-electric medium-duty Freightliner eM2 and the heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia trucks also are in practical customer testing. About 150 vehicles of the light-duty Fuso eCanter are in customer operation in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Lisbon.

Headquartered in Ningde, China, Contemporary Amperex Technology has more than 24,000 employees worldwide. — Transport Topics