Freightliner ships its first electrical vehicles to clients

Freightliner’s battery electrical eCascadia truck.

First deliveries of eCascadia are underway, Daimler Vehicles North America (DTNA) introduced.

Freightliner’s first two Class eight battery electrical vehicles have been constructed for Penske Truck Leasing of Studying, Pennsylvania, and NFI of Camden, New Jersey – clients at its analysis and growth middle in Portland – and will probably be a part of Freightliner’s Electrical Innovation Fleet to check the mixing of battery electrical vehicles in to large-scale fleet operations. The eCascadias are headed for the Southern California operations of each firms and can arrive later this month. Further deliveries of the Freightliner Electrical Innovation Fleet will proceed by way of the remainder of the 12 months.

Preliminary buyer shipments are the primary heavy-duty additions to the 30-vehicle Freightliner Innovation Fleet. Actual-world use of the Innovation Fleet and persevering with suggestions from the members of the Freightliner Electrical Automobile Council will inform the ultimate manufacturing variations of each the eCascadia and the medium-duty Freightliner eM2 in a means of co-creation.

“Our workforce is extremely proud to be main the way in which for the business, however prouder nonetheless to be working with our clients in a means of co-creation to make actual electrical vehicles for actual work in the true world,” mentioned DTNA President and CEO Roger Nielsen.

Co-creation is the central tenet of DTNA’s method to electrifying the way forward for business automobiles and a key enabler to the widespread adoption of battery electrical vehicles, Nielsen mentioned. The Electrical Automobile Council brings collectively 38 Freightliner clients to determine and tackle all potential hurdles to large-scale deployment of business battery electrical automobiles. Points on the forefront of the dialogue embrace charging infrastructure, partnerships with others within the e-mobility worth chain, car specs and car use instances.

The Freightliner Innovation Fleet is supported by a partnership between DTNA and the South Coast Air High quality Administration District (South Coast AQMD) which focuses on enhancing air high quality within the South Coast Basin and partially funded the Innovation Fleet with a virtually $16 million grant. The primary of the medium-duty electrical Freightliner eM2s started service earlier this 12 months with Penske Truck Leasing and are operated throughout the South Coast AQMD.

The eCascadia, designed for native and regional distribution and drayage, and the medium-duty eM2 are at the moment deliberate to enter sequence manufacturing in late 2021.