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DTNA Brings Vocational, Electric Solutions to the IAA 2018

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Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is showcasing the Freightliner® EconicSD™, Freightliner 114SD and the Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner® C2 all-electric school bus at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018. The products will be part of the Daimler exhibit (#FG P98), which will feature Daimler commercial vehicle solutions from around the world.

“At DTNA, our local market solutions often begin with a collaborative effort and shared expertise from our global partners,” said Kary Schaefer, general manager of marketing and strategy for the Freightliner and Detroit brands within DTNA. “The IAA provides DTNA with the perfect opportunity to share a few of our recent innovations from these collective endeavors for the first time outside of the North American market.”

DTNA vehicles displayed at the IAA 2018 include:

• The Freightliner EconicSD. Introduced in April 2018, the Freightliner economics is one of the most modern and innovative refuse trucks on the market. Based on the Mercedes-Benz Econic, the Freightliner economics is adapted from the European design for the North American refuse industry. The vehicle has a unique low-entry concept for easy entry and egress, and a panoramic windshield for enhanced visibility. The Freightliner economics comes standard with the Detroit™ Assurance® suite of safety systems, including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and active brake assist.

• The Freightliner 114SD. Built for severe duty, the 114SD can be upfit for many different applications, including construction, concrete, plow, fire and rescue, and utility. With optimized mid-chassis packaging and a strategically mounted after-treatment system, the 114SD chassis layout simplifies fitting. The truck’s automotive-style interior, expansive windshield, and low seating provide a comfortable and productive environment for drivers.

• The Saf-T-Liner C2 all-electric school bus. Also referred to as Jouley, the bus is the first generation of Thomas Built Buses’ electric series production school bus and is part of DTNA’s electric truck initiative. Named after the joule unit of energy, the bus produces zero emissions and has the ability for exportable power. The first generation of the Jouley is equipped with the PowerDrive™ 700ev powertrain from Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., which provides 100-160kWh of battery energy and a range of up to 120 miles.

Noted Caley Edgerly, president, and CEO of Thomas Built Buses: “DTNA’s breadth of offerings across multiple industries is based on the fact that we are all driven by the same goal: to deliver solutions that positively impact our customers’ business.”

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