That Daimler deal with Tesla Motors is defying early skepticism and starting to bear fruit in the shape of a boxy walk-in-van (WIV). The all-electric truck chassis we told you their subsidiary Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) was developing with Enova Systems just made its debut in pre-production form at the 2010 National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show with its energy storage system being supplied by a certain Californian company better known for its electric sportscars.
The MT-45 chassis uses a 120 kW motor fed by the Tesla Motors power pack which, with the aid of regenerative breaking, gives the WIV a 100-mile range (contrary to the 150-mile figure on the the vehicles signage). With claims of possible savings of $15,000 per truck in fuel costs, units will undergo testing by major American delivery companies after full production begins in the first quarter of 2011. Press release after the break.