Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America standing on a stage.

Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks The United States And Canada in Long Beach, April 2019.


At a discussion in Long Beach, California, Daimler Trucks The United States And Canada President and CEO Roger Nielsen on Wednesday set out an electrification prepare for Daimler’s Freightliner brand name, that makes medium- and sturdy trucks.

Freightliner revealed 2 battery-electric cars last June: the sturdy eCascadia and the medium task eM2. The business formerly stated that it would construct the trucks at a center in North Carolina, however the other day Nielsen stated that an existing Freightliner factory in Portland, Oregon, would be revamped to construct the 2 electric-vehicle lines.

The business chose to alter the production place in order to benefit from the factory’s distance to California, which has strict low-carbon fuel requirement guidelines ready to work. In September, the state’s Air Resources Board modified existing guidelines to need that lifecycle emissions for transport fuels requires to visit 20 percent by 2030, which will definitely increase the rate of diesel and gas in the state. Now, automobile producers like Freightliner are wagering that freight business that move deliveries regularly or solely through the Golden State will begin to see an expense benefit in moving their fleet from diesel to a low-carbon option.

Daimler is not alone in making this bet; the Low Carbon Fuel Requirement likewise has start-ups like hydrogen-truck enthusiastic Nikola setting their sights on California as an emerging market for brand-new sturdy automobile financial investment.

( The state’s fairly generous research study and advancement financing for alternative fuels might assist, too: Daimler stated on Wednesday that it has actually gotten a “$16 million grant from SCAQMD [California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District],” which “partly funds the Freightliner Electric Development Fleet.”).

Surprisingly, Nielsen dealt with hydrogen fuel as an option to all-battery electrical cars in his Wednesday discussion. In a news release, Daimler stated that “The business sees possible for hydrogen fuel cells to extend battery-electric truck variety however does not see it as feasible in the near term.” In addition, Nielsen stated that “The roadway to emissions-free driving … does not consist of plug-in hybrids” for Daimler Trucks The United States And Canada.

That might be a blow to a concept advanced by a group of MIT researchers previously this month. The scientists stated that waiting on all-battery electrical cars or hydrogen fuel cell cars to come to market was neglecting an essential near-term service: plug-in hybrid trucks efficient in burning a mix of gas and biofuel.

However possibly all-battery-electric, sturdy trucks aren’t too away from today. Nielsen stated on Wednesday that Daimler prepares to put 50 electrical test cars on United States roadways by the end of this year.