Daimler Trucks North America is fleet-testing a Freightliner eCascadia and a Freightliner eM2 106. Daimler recently bundled all of its electric-vehicle activities under a new E-Mobility Group. Photo: Daimler Trucks While electric trucks are hardly new — battery-powered vehicles were among the very first powertrains used in the automotive age, and never truly went away — they have undergone a stunning transformation over the past decade. And it seems likely that very soon, they will step back into the spotlight and begin to make their case as a viable option for many 21st century fleets. That said, we might as well get some obvious points out of the way right now: Electric trucks do not have the range capability that gasoline, diesel, or even natural gas trucks do. And they cannot currently be charged nearly as quickly as a diesel or gasoline truck can be filled up. There is […]