The first series built battery electric Freightliner eCascadia was recently delivered to Sysco Corporation, the leading global distributor of food service equipment. Sysco can pave the way for the future of sustainability in the food service distribution industry. Remember that it manages one of the largest private fleets in the country.
At the Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) Manufacturing Plant in Portland, Marie Robinson, Sysco’s EVP and top supply chain officer, received the company’s first zero-emission Class 8 truck. The first Freightliner eCascadia for the company is expected to be available at Sysco’s Riverside, California facility, which will acquire more eCascadia in the coming months.
“The Daimler Truck team has been a great partner with Sysco as we work to electrify our fleet and we are thrilled to receive our first battery electric Freightliner eCascadia truck,” said Robinson. “This zero-emission tractor is powerful, quiet, and – importantly – very comfortable to drive. That means it is not only good for the planet, but it will improve the driving experience for thousands of our shipping partners.
Sysco and DTNA, North America’s leading heavy-duty truck producer, confirmed plans to use up to 800 battery-powered Freightliner eCascadias by 2026 earlier this year. To meet Sysco’s science-based climate goals, electric refrigerated trailers and Freightliner eCascadias will be widely used.
“Sysco is proud to lead the industry using our science-based climate goal to reduce our direct emissions by 27.5%,” said Neil Russell, Sysco’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief communications officer. “Today is an important milestone in our climate journey as we work towards 35% of our fleet in the US by 2030. Sharing the vision and responsibility with like-minded companies like Daimler Truck North America is important to moving towards a sustainable future.”
Sysco Riverside continues to expand its solar power and charging infrastructure as well as to facilitate the deployment of more battery-electric trucks and use them for green power.
“Thanks to customers like Sysco, we’re delivering a purpose-built, zero-emission vehicle to the heavy-duty truck market that offers the durability, reliability, and capability to meet those goals. business and sustainability for our customers. The scalability of these trucks and the deep understanding of integration into fleets will move the industry forward into a cleaner future and make the transformation of transportation a reality,” said David Carson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at DTNA. “The Freightliner eCascadia now rolling off the production line and in the hands of customers represents a historic moment for the entire industry.”
As of 2018, eCascadia prototypes have been used in customer fleets for more than 1.5 million miles in pre-series production and field testing. The groundbreaking Detroit ePowertrain and new safety and connectivity features from Detroit Assurance are key to this vehicle.
The Freightliner eCascadia offers a typical range of 155, 220, or 230 miles depending on the design and is powered by a variety of batteries and drive axle options. The truck is therefore best suited for short-haul applications, including last-mile logistics, local and regional distribution, drayage, and warehouse-to-warehouse applications that allow depot-based charging.
Efficiency and driver comfort are enhanced by the internally developed and fully integrated Detroit ePowertrain. Detroit Connect eServices customers have access to tools like the Charger Management System with eRange prediction and battery health monitoring, helping fleets make strategic financial savings and productivity gains. The eCascadia debuts the new Detroit Assurance safety feature, Active Side Guard Assist, and has Active Brake Assist 5 as a standard safety feature.
Photo source: daimlertruck
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