Daimler Truck and lithium-ion battery manufacturer and developer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) have decided to intensify their existing partnership based on their shared vision of CO2-neutral electrified trucking. CATL will be the supplier of lithium-ion battery packs for the Mercedes-Benz eActros LongHaul battery-electric truck, which is planned to be ready for series production in 2024. The supply will go beyond 2030.
The batteries will combine high energy density with ultra-long cycle life as well as fast-charging ability to meet the unique requirements of battery-electric long-haul trucks.
In addition, the companies intend to jointly design and develop even more advanced next-generation battery cells and packs for truck specific applications, with a focus on high modularity and scalability in order to support different truck applications and flexible compatibility with future e-truck models.
In 2019, Daimler Truck and CATL entered into a global lithium-ion battery cell modules supply agreement for electric series trucks, including the Mercedes-Benz eActros, the Freightliner eCascadia and eM2. In September 2020, Daimler Truck announced the eActros LongHaul, which will have a range of about 500 kilometres for energy-efficient transport on plannable long-haul routes.
Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, said, “Partnerships are vital for us to deliver on our commitment to the Paris Agreement, and our ultimate goal of achieving CO2-neutral transport on the roads, on which we are working at full speed. Expanding and strengthening our strong collaboration with CATL will play a key role as we accelerate our electrification activities and lead the way to zero emissions in the truck industry. We will launch a wide range of customer-oriented, innovative series-produced electric trucks from 2021 onwards.”
Dr. Robin Zeng, Founder, Chairman and CEO of CATL, which is based in Ningde, China, said, “We are very happy to strengthen the existing partnership with Daimler Truck AG based on our shared vision in e-mobility. With CATL’s innovative technology in EV batteries and Daimler Truck’s deep expertise in the heavy truck industry, we believe our strong global partnership will further enhance Daimler Truck AG’s market position on the e-mobility stage and accelerate to drive towards carbon neutrality.”
Daimler Truck’s electric vehicle schedule
By 2022, Daimler Truck intends to offer series-produced vehicles with battery-electric drive systems in the main sales regions of Europe, the United States, and Japan. By 2027, the company intends to supplement its portfolio by adding series-produced hydrogen-based fuel-cell vehicles.
With hundreds of vehicles in use with customers, Daimler Truck has already gained comprehensive, practice-oriented expertise with electric vehicles, and has recorded over 10 million kilometres driven by battery-electric test and series-produced trucks and buses with customers worldwide.
Since 2018, intensive practical tests of the battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros for distribution transport have been carried out with numerous customers in Germany and other European countries. Series production of the eActros will start in the second half of 2021. Series production of the Mercedes-Benz eEconic low-floor truck, which is based on the eActros, is scheduled to start in 2022.
In the United States, the medium-duty Freightliner eM2 and the heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia are currently undergoing practical tests with customers. Series production of the eCascadia is scheduled to start in mid-2022, and of the Freightliner eM2 in late 2022.
A global fleet of more than 200 FUSO eCanter light-duty trucks are in use in with numerous customers in Japan, the United States, Europe and Australia.