Daimler Vehicles, which already owns Freightliner and Western Star, is placing a brand new model on the U.S. market later this yr. Dubbed Rizon, the medium-duty Class 4 and Class 5 haulers are battery-electric automobiles starting from 15,995 to 17,995 kilos in gross automobile weight. These are the sorts of metropolis workhorses normally put to work as field vehicles and refrigerated vehicles for supply and minicipal fleets, dump vehicles, and flatbeds. Daimler hasn’t addressed the supply of Rizon’s line but, however Freightwaves suspects these are rebadged variations of Japanese truckmaker Mitsubishi Fuso’s eCanter. Daimler Vehicles owns 89.3% of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Company, which launched the newest model of the eCanter for Europe final September. The additions broaden Daimler Vehicles’ business e-footprint, together with the Class 6 Freightliner eM2 106 and the Class 8 Freightliner eCascadia.
Three Rizon fashions will go on sale by means of a community of U.S. sellers in This autumn, the e16M, e16L and e18L. The M mannequin runs with two 83-kWh battery packs offering a variety from 75 to 100 miles. The L fashions boast three bigger 124-kWh packs extending vary to anyplace from 110 to 160 miles on a cost. Daimler selected lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries for his or her prolonged sturdiness and reliability in comparison with different chemistries. The corporate will guarantee the high-voltage packs for five years or 120,000 miles, and the remainder of the truck and powertrain for five years or 75,000 miles. The corporate says charging utilizing a Stage 2 AC system refills the battery in “5 to 6 hours,” whereas utilizing the DC quick cost system “will lead to a full cost in 45 to 90 minutes.”
To assist the fleet clients that Rizon is focusing on first, Daimler Truck and distribution associate Velocity will provide session on charging and telematics entry, plus a gross sales pressure and technicians skilled on the ins and outs of business electrical automobiles.
Gross sales begin in Southern California, New York and Texas. These are additionally the states the place Daimler simply introduced the launch of its charging infrastructure three way partnership Greenlane. Developed with NextEra Vitality Sources and personal fairness agency BlackRock, the $650 million initiative will construct out a charging community alongside well-liked freight routes for medium- and heavy-duty battery-electric vehicles that has refilling stations for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. When up and operating, devoted software program will embrace a business automobile reservation platform to make charging extra environment friendly even earlier than plugging in. Finally, the mission needs to create space for light-duty automobiles after opening the best way for electrical vehicles after which hydrogen vehicles.
The Rizon makes its debut right here at subsequent week’s Superior Clear Transportation (ACT) Expo, operating Could 1-4 in Anaheim, California.