Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) entered into a long-term agreement with Hexagon Purus, a manufacturer of zero-emission mobility and infrastructure solutions, to provide complete vehicle integration of the battery electric Freightliner eM2, which it said was developed to serve vocational applications.
The integration, provided by Hexagon Purus, will incorporate Hexagon Purus’ proprietary zero-emission technology, including battery systems, auxiliary modules, power modules and vehicle-level software. It will also include power-take-off (PTO) options to supply power to the vocational body and the equipment, Daimler said.
Earlier this year, DTNA unveiled the vocational Freightliner eM2 prototype truck with vocational upfit options as part of an innovation project together with selected Truck Equipment Manufacturers, Alamo and Altec, to lay the groundwork for expanding zero-emission solutions for vocational customers, particularly in the utility, sweeper, dump, construction, towing and refuse segments.
Daimler said this partnership underscores the joint commitment by DTNA and Hexagon Purus to drive innovation and sustainability in the vocational vehicle sector and will deliver products to the market that complement DTNA’s eCascadia and eM2 battery electric portfolio, already in production.
DTNA said its decision to partner with Hexagon Purus is based on its long-standing relationship and shared expertise. Prior to the start of the current collaboration, DTNA worked with Hexagon’s Agility division on the development of Freightliner natural gas fuel tank integration and together with Hexagon Purus, Hexagon’s zero-emission division on DTNA’s first generation of electric vehicles. Additionally, Hexagon Purus’ high-voltage battery technology is known for its efficient kWh per meter of frame length, which aligns with the packaging needs of medium-duty vocational applications.
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