It seems as though the entry of newcomers Modec and Smith Electric Vehicles (and maybe even Boulder Electric Vehicles) into the North American electric truck market has prompted Freightliner to set about putting their own all-electric chassis together. To help speed things along, they have enlisted the aid of Enova Systems, a company with hybrid and electric vehicle experience. Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation and the California cleantech firm have signed a Letter of Intent that will see the Enova 120kW and 90kW drivetrains married to certain Freightliner chassis platforms, including, mostly importantly, the walk-in MT-45 which one might find beneath the panels of UPS and Fed Ex delivery vans.
The agreement will cover the design, engineering, fleet integration, and testing of four vehicles. Freightliner, which is a Daimler subsidiary, hopes the program will help them get into the electric truck game “in the near term” with the company producing their own vehicles profitably in-plant. Both firms are said to have fleet customers hoping to add all-electrics as early as 2010. Hey, that’s real soon! Click here to check out an Enova video touting their wares. You can find the official press release after the break.
[Source: Enova Systems]
Freightliner and Enova to develop all-electric truck chassis originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.