Daimler’s E-Mobility Group has launched a holistic ecosystem in North America, Europe and Japan offering consultation to truck customers for the best possible entry into electric transportation logistics.
The ecosystem offers a range of consulting services and the installation of suitable charging infrastructure. It includes individual consulting as well as digital applications designed to make it easier to get started with e-mobility.
“As pioneers of e-mobility, our battery-electric trucks are already undergoing extensive practical trials around the world. Thanks to the close exchange with our customers, we understood early on the need to think far beyond the e-vehicle,” said Gesa Reimelt, head of E-Mobility Group Daimler Trucks & Buses. “That is why we offer an ecosystem tailored to the use case and needs of customers, including consulting and charging infrastructure solutions. This is how we want to provide our customers with the ideal entry into e-mobility.”
Starting in 2020, Daimler Trucks will offer a free smartphone application with the “eTruck Ready” app, with which customers can determine, which operating profiles and routes are suitable for an electric truck. The app records the driving routes of a conventional vehicle: It captures speed, acceleration and altitude profile along the route.
Important parameters such as the payload and the outside temperature can be added afterwards by fleet managers in an individual web portal. From this data, the program generates the respective range and expected power consumption of a suitable electric truck from the Daimler portfolio. This creates a realistic usage profile for customers.
The data calculated by the app form the basis for the customer consulting conducted by the expert team of the E-Mobility Group. The tailored consulting services include, for example, indications of possible route optimization for electric trucks and suitable charging infrastructure. If required, the team can create an individual operating cost analysis and take into account, among other things, public funding opportunities. It is aimed at helping customers can make a fact-based decision. Even during the operation of electric trucks, the consulting team supports customers in the preparation and optimization of operating procedures.
Since 2017, Daimler has operated small-series produced electric trucks in fleets around the world as part of its push for e-mobility. These include the company’s Fuso eCanter and Freightliner eM2 medium-duty trucks as well as the heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia and eActros trucks.