Pride Group Enterprises, one of the largest long-haul and short-haul trucking fleets in North America, is investing significantly in EV trucks.
The company is based in Mississauga, Ontario and operates in several industries, including transportation, logistics, heavy-duty equipment dealerships, equipment leasing & rentals, real-estate holdings and full-service fleet management.
After a month of testing out a fully battery-electric Class 8 Freightliner truck in its fleet, Pride took the jump.
The company has ordered 200 eCascadia trucks and 50 eM2 trucks from Freightliner to add to its short-haul operations.
The eCascadia is designed as an ideal last-mile vehicle.
It offers a typical range of 230 miles with its 440 kWh battery.
The eCascadia is already on the road, while the eM2 will start production next year.
Sam Johal, President of Pride Group Enterprises, had this to say on the investment:
I am very confident to bring these trucks into our lineup. With the improved range up to 230 miles prior to recharge, these trucks will be a great asset. These units easily manage 10-14-hour trips — a regular driving day. This not only supports our drivers through quiet and comfortable vehicle operations but also brings us closer to our zero-emission transportation goal.
In addition to Pride’s short-haul fleet, Pride plans to add the eCascadia and eM2 to its TPine Truck Rental fleet.
Pride will take delivery of these 250 vehicles on both sides of the border starting in mid-2023.