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Freightliner Custom Chassis debuts production of all-electric chassis

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) is partnering with Proterra, a California-based manufacturer of high-performance systems for heavy-duty platforms, to develop an enhanced, production-ready version of its all-electric MT50e truck chassis for 2020.

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The company says the MT50e will feature an efficient and powerful battery system from Proterra. The Proterra system powering the MT50e will feature 226 kWh of energy capacity and an all-electric, zero-emission drive system.

Built on FCCC’s MT platform, the all-electric MT50e will feature a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 16,000 to 23,000 lbs., with no reduction in cargo volume capacity, the company says. The vehicle is designed to enable more than 125 miles of driving range and can fully charge in about three hours with DC fast charging.

The MT50e is designed to combine the reliability and durability of FCCC’s products with the efficiency and performance of a factory-installed, fully integrated electric power system, the company says. Launched as a prototype at the 2019 Work Truck Show, the MT50e is the first of several planned commercial electric vehicles from FCCC for use in a variety of applications.

In addition to the electric vehicle components, Proterra also offers high power charging systems that are purpose-built for commercial applications and use standardized technology for interoperability. Proterra charging systems utilize the universal J1772-CCS Type 1 charging standard, enabling operators to utilize Proterra charging systems for a range of battery-electric powered vehicles.

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