Daimler Builds First Two Electric Freightliner eCascadia For Customers

The first two Freightliner eCascadias are ready. More to come later this year. Series production planned for late 2021.

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced that the first two all-electric Class 8 trucks Freightliner eCascadia were built for customers.

The pilot program is delayed compared to the initial plan of delivering vehicles in 2018 but finally we should now see some progress. The trucks are heading to Southern California, where they will be tested by the Penske Truck Leasing and NFI.

“The eCascadias are destined for the Southern California operations of both companies and will arrive later this month. Additional deliveries of the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet will continue throughout 2019.”

Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of DTNA said:

“This milestone in electric is important as both today and tomorrow’s technology is progressing. Our purpose is resolute – we build for our customers. Our team is incredibly proud to be leading the way for the industry, but prouder still to be working with our customers in a process of co-creation to make real electric trucks for real work in the real world.”

According to Daimler, the Freightliner Cascadia is the best-selling Class 8 heavy-duty truck on the market. The all-electric version with a 550 kWh battery should be able to go 250 miles (400 km) on a charge. The truck is designed for local and regional distribution and drayage.

Series production of a refined version is planned for late 2021.

Freightliner eCascadia (Class 8 tractor) specs:

  • up to 730 peak horsepower
  • 550 kWh usable battery capacity
  • up to 250 miles (400 km) of range
  • ability to charge up to 80 percent (providing a range of 200 miles) in about 90 minutes
  • 80,000 lb. gross combined weight rating (GCWR)

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