Daimler chooses Hexagon Purus to electrify the Freightliner eM2
Daimler Truck North America has selected Hexagon Purus to electrify its eM2 midsize trucks. (Photo: Daimler Truck North America)
Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) is looking to Norway’s Hexagon Purus to electrify its Freightliner eM2 medium vocational trucks that follow the Class 6 straight trucks now in production.
The long-term agreement includes Hexagon Purus’ zero-emissions technology, including battery systems, auxiliary modules, power modules and vehicle-level software. It will also include Power Take-Off (PTO) options to provide power to your professional body and equipment.
DTNA unveiled the Freightliner eM2 vocational truck prototype with vocational trim options in May. Working with truck equipment manufacturers Alamo and Altec, the market leader showcased a versatile bucket truck and announced plans to expand zero emissions to the utility, sweep, dump, construction, towing and waste sectors.
Long term relationship
DTNA decided to partner with Norway-based Hexagon Purus in Oslo based on a long-standing relationship and shared experience. DTNA previously worked with Hexagon’s Agility division on the integration of the company’s natural gas fuel tank and first-generation electric vehicles.
Hexagon Purus’ high-voltage battery technology, known for its kWh efficiency per meter of frame length, meets the needs of average professional packers.
Utility truck drivers know their job as a line worker, but they don’t think of themselves as truck drivers the way over-the-road drivers do, Brian Daniels, DTNA’s vice president of professional national accounts, said at a May media event in Anaheim, Calif. .
“They know that bucket very well. They know what they are repairing very well. Their primary focus is not getting the car running,” he said.
Hexagon Purus provides electricity for light, medium and heavy vehicles, buses, ground storage, distribution, refueling, marine, rail and aerospace services. It also manufactures high-pressure tanks for hydrogen.
“DTNA has been an important partner in developing zero-emission technology for Hexagon Purus in North America for several years through our participation in the Innovation Fleet program,” Morten Holum, CEO of Hexagon Purus, said in a press release.
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