The Daimler Trucks & Buses unit of Daimler AG (DDAIF) will buy lithium-ion battery technology for its Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso commercial electric trucks from Chinese supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL).
The long-term supply agreement announced Wednesday, Sept. 18, covers Daimler’s global electric truck portfolio that will be sold commercially beginning in 2021. The Mercedes-Benz eActros, the Freightliner eCascadia, Freightliner eM2 and Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter are included. Daimler owns 89% of Fuso.
Daimler did not reveal the value or length of the supply agreement.
The heavy-duty eActros is in customer trials in Germany and Switzerland, achieving a range of around 200 kilometers (120 miles) on a charge. Electric trucks have no tailpipe emissions, which could offset expected carbon emissions taxes the German government is expected to levy in a climate protection plan.
About 150 light-duty Fuso eCanter trucks are in customer use in New York City, Tokyo, Berlin and other cities.
Daimler is developing its own battery systems. Pack assembly will be done at its Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim, Germany and its Detroit plant in the U.S. The approach is consistent with other supply agreements, said Frank Reintjes, Daimler head of global powertrain, e-mobility and manufacturing engineering.
Daimler formed its E-Mobility Group in 2018 to define the strategy for electric components and products across brands and segments. The group also consults with customers on making electric mobility economically feasible by focusing on the total cost of ownership (TCO) compared with diesel and other fuel alternatives.
CATL (Shenzhen: 300750) has battery manufacturing facilities in Fujian, Jiangsu and Qinghai provinces in China and Erfurt, Germany.