Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has launched the MT50e, its all-electric, medium-duty Class 5 walk-in van focused on meeting the demands of last-mile delivery.
It's the latest addition to Daimler Trucks North America's overall electric vehicle portfolio, which includes the Freightliner battery-electric eCascadia and eM2, as well as Thomas Built Buses’ Jouley school bus. The MT50e provides a clean energy solution for last-mile deliveries and acts as a complement to the existing Class 8 and Class 5 offerings. According to a release, this aligns with DTNA’s goal to exclusively offer carbon-neutral products by 2039.
The MT50e’s range of 170 miles on a single charge and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 19,000 pounds provide a comparable product to the existing MT products from FCCC. The MT50e is designed and built to the same body dimensions as the gas and diesel MT, which allows existing bodies to be used with little change into existing fleets.
The MT50e features OptiView standard, a fully integrated all-digital gauge display, and DriveTech driver controls. DriveTech puts every command in one location, while OptiView provides real-time efficiency feedback and such tools as 360-degree cameras and clear navigation.
“The MT50e is an innovative, problem-solving product that is the result of collaboration between FCCC and Daimler Trucks North America — and it is the new industry standard in a practical, powerful all-electric delivery vehicle,” said FCCC President and CEO Jeff Sather. “Our customers demand innovative products that are not only safe and reliable, but also clean. Our electric walk-in van helps our customers and company to have a positive impact on business, communities and the environment.”
The MT50e is 50-state EPA and CARB certified. Additional features and highlights include engine power of up to 226 kWh=303 HP, a full battery charge in three hours, and a single-piece steel frame maximizing heavy-duty load capacity.
To improve driver comfort and safety, the MT50e features a 50-degree wheel cut for tighter turn radius and maneuverability, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes and nationwide access to the Detroit eFill charging network. Launched in May of 2021, Detroit eFill chargers provide a scalable solution to enable anyone to benefit from quality and reliability.
FCCC expects to begin delivering production units of the MT50e in the coming weeks.