Last reviewed 9 September 2019

Part of its Electric Innovation Fleet, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has the delivered the first two Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 trucks to customers, Penske Truck Leasing and NFI.

They will use the new vehicles to test the integration of battery electric trucks in to large-scale fleet operations. For several months, both carriers have been field-testing the medium-duty, fully electric Freightliner eM2.

The Electric Innovation Fleet is supported financially by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) which focuses on improving air quality in Southern California.

Daimler is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. It currently has more than 100 electrified trucks and buses on the road globally.

The manufacturer confirmed that Penske Truck Leasing will run eCascadias in daily delivery operations within this area, making multiple, daily store deliveries on a dedicated route, while NFI will employ the vehicles in drayage operations at both the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia trucks (class 8) have a range of up to 250 miles and were first made public in June 2018. The planned start of series production is late 2021.

In total, Penske and NFI will receive 30 battery electric trucks as part of the ongoing trials involving electric trucks. Freightliner has also set up the Electric Vehicle Council, a group of 38 customer companies working together to address “the total e-mobility ecosystem”.