Daimler and Hexagon partner for electric Freightliner eM2

Daimler Freightliner eM2 prototype truck

Daimler Truck North America has entered into a long-term agreement with Hexagon Purus to provide complete vehicle integration of the battery electric Freightliner eM2, which was developed to serve vocational applications.

The partnership 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.

DTNA unveiled the vocational Freightliner eM2 prototype truck with vocational upfit options earlier this year. The introduction is part of an innovation project with truck equipment manufacturers, Alamo and Altec, to expand zero-emission products for vocational customers in the utility, sweeper, dump, construction, towing  and refuse segments.

“We are excited about our collaboration with Hexagon Purus and the potential it holds for the future of electric vocational trucks,” said Aaron Scates, Vice President of vocational and medium-duty market development at Daimler Truck North America (DTNA). “With our shared history, combined experience, and the remarkable battery technology offered by Hexagon Purus, we look forward to yielding effective and flexible solutions for our vocational customers.”

DTNA’s decision to partner with Hexagon Purus is based on its long-standing relationship and shared expertise. Prior to the start of the eM2 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. 

As well, Hexagon Purus’ high-voltage battery technology is known for its efficient kWh per metre of frame length, which aligns with the packaging needs of medium-duty vocational applications.

“We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with DTNA, and we look forward to supporting them on this vocational vehicle program and in driving their transition to zero-emission mobility,” said Morten Holum, CEO of Hexagon Purus.

“DTNA has been an important zero-emission technology development partner for Hexagon Purus in North America for several years through our participation in the innovation fleet program.”