Battery electric heavy-duty truck
By Adam FreillEquipment Technology Trucks
Freightliner Trucks, a division of Daimler Truck North America, has unveiled its new eCascadia. The battery electric truck will provide customers with a zero-emission version of the company’s Cascadia with multiple battery and drive axle options, and a typical range of 230 miles (370 km) with its 438-kWh battery option. It is designed to reach an 80 per cent recharge in approximately 90 minutes.
Ideally suited for short-haul routes that allow for depot-based charging, the models in the line are available with single or tandem eAxle, and offer 320 to 470 horsepower, with a Gross Combination Weight (GCW) of up to 82,000 lb.
An in-house developed Charger Management System (CMS) is integrated directly into the vehicle’s Detroit Connect portal. CMS provides reports and can strategically leverage demand-response incentives from local utilities.
An eRange prediction tool automatically calculates and displays range over the course of a proposed trip. To give the most accurate indication possible, the tool analyzes multiple data inputs including vehicle parameters, load, weather, traffic, and road gradient.
Battery health monitoring tracks and gives visibility into the eCascadia battery’s state-of-health percentage, state-of-charge percentage, remaining range miles, and charging status.
Safety features include Active Side Guard Assist (ASGA), which prevents the truck from making a right turn when a moving cyclist or pedestrian is detected on the passenger side of the truck, as well as Active Lane Assist (ALA) and Active Brake Assist 5 (ABA 5).