Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) launched a line of electric commercial vehicle chargers and consulting services from Detroit to support fleets in the deployment of all-electric trucks.
“Detroit has led the way in reshaping transportation for over 80 years, and with the new eConsulting services and eFill chargers, we are prepared to help support our customers as we embark on the journey into our collective electric future,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president of on-highway sales and marketing at DTNA, in a press release.
Detroit’s eConsulting services are provided by a team of eMobility experts wholly dedicated to supporting customers navigate electric truck conversion. Three service packages are offered.
Under the top-tier Megaline package recommended for large-scale electric truck deployments, customers receive assistance with planning for charging infrastructure, solar panel, and stationary energy storage projects, along with the support of the eConsulting team to interface with local utilities on their behalf. Additional services in the package include a comprehensive cost-benefit and route analysis, and assistance with capital and operating expenditure optimization.
The Powerline package includes similar benefits to those found in the Megaline package, without support for distributed energy resources or the interface to local utilities. The Baseline package – free to all purchasers of Freightliner electric trucks – includes best practices and dealership-level consultation.
The two higher-tier packages are available to buyers of any electric trucks, and services are not dependent on purchase of a Freightliner truck.
“Detroit eConsulting program is staffed by employees who have thus far supported more than 20 customers with infrastructure projects and electric truck deployments.
The Detroit team introduced Detroit eFill chargers, a full line of commercial vehicle charging stations designed for seamless integration with the Detroit ePowertrain found in Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 trucks.
Detroit eFill chargers are extensively tested, warrantied for five years, and versatile enough to charge a wide range of other brands’ electric commercial vehicles, DTNA official said.
Detroit eFill stations were developed in partnership with Power Electronics, a North American supplier of converters for utility scale solar and advanced energy storage systems.
All Detroit eFill chargers available at launch are DC fast chargers carrying the CCS-1 standard, the most common type of electric vehicle charger. Detroit eFill chargers are available with power ratings from 30 kW to as much as 400 kW, providing a scalable solution to enable everyone – from fleets with one or two trucks to truck stop operators running complete charger islands and multiple power cabinets, DTNA officials said.