Daimler Trucks North America has delivered the first of its Class 8 Freightliner electric eCascadia trucks in the past week. The deliveries of the eCascadia were made to Penske Truck Leasing and major carrier NFI, with each company taking delivery of one of the electric heavy duty trucks into their fleets. Daimler expects to deliver 18 more trucks to the companies in the coming months.
Penske and NFI will use the new trucks to test the integration of battery-electric trucks into their large-scale fleet operations. The companies are working in partnership with the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Southern California to improve air quality in the region. The agency is providing a $US16 million grant to partially fund the program. Penske will run eCascadia's in daily delivery operations within California’s Inland Empire with the electric trucks making multiple, daily store deliveries on a dedicated route. NFI will use the eCascadia's in operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The Freightliner eCascadia and smaller Freightliner eM2 are part of Daimler Trucks’ global electrified truck initiative. Penske is already testing the eM2 and Daimler has more than 100 electrified trucks and buses on the road globally.