Daimler Trucks North America has announced the delivery of two Freightliner eCascadia battery-electric semi-trucks to Penske.
The milestone marks the next step in the two companies’ goal to introduce battery-electric semi trucks to their fleets.
Over the last five years, Penske and Daimler have worked together to create, refine and field-test battery-electric semi trucks.
The eCascadia has a gross vehicle weight of 82,000lbs and comes with three different battery options – 194kWh, 291kWh, or 438kWh. The largest battery option provides up to 230 miles (370km) on a full charge.
Plugging in at a DC fast charger will see the two smaller battery options replenished to 80% in about 90 minutes, while the largest battery will take 120 minutes.
David Carson from Daimler had this to say about the latest milestone:
Penske is a true pioneer in bringing advanced technologies to the road. As a long-term, trusted partner in our electrification journey, Penske played an integral role in shaping the eCascadia to what is now available to all customers and making our highways a safer and cleaner place for us and generations to come.
While Paul Rosa from Penske had this to say:
Interest in electric vehicles continues to grow as our customers seek to further reduce emissions. We’re committed to providing our customers with the latest vehicle technologies to help them achieve their sustainability goals. We anticipate adding more electric vehicles across our fleet for full-service leasing, rental, and for use within our logistics business. We commend DTNA for their collaborative approach in bringing these innovative vehicles to market.
The two companies now have the Freightliner eM2 and eCascadia in their fleets and expect to bring more electric trucks into their fleets over the next few months.