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DTNA introduces Detroit ePowertrain; invests $20M in Michigan facility

Feb. 10, 2021
Initial ePowertrain production expected to begin later this year; both Freightliner models to commence production in 2022

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is bringing the proprietary Detroit ePowertrain to power the upcoming Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2 as part of Daimler Trucks’ strategy to establish a uniform basic architecture for its broad lineup of battery-electric vehicles.

Its use in North America brings the company expanded capabilities to scale for CO₂-neutral commercial vehicles.

DTNA also revealed plans for a $20 million investment in the Detroit manufacturing facility located in Detroit, Mich., which will serve as the North American source of Detroit ePowertrain components.

“By utilizing 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, senior vice president sales and marketing, on-highway segment at DTNA. “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 hp, 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.

The Detroit ePowertrain will be mated to the choice of three battery offerings for the eCascadia and eM2, including 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 tractor.

“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 DTNA. “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.”

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