Daimler Trucks North America, the American division of the German multinational giant and manufacturer of Freightliner branded trucks, has completed production of its first two Class 8 battery electric truck—the Freightliner eCascadias. Developed at the company’s research center in Portland, Oregon, the new electric rig is part of Freightliner’s Electric Innovation Fleet.
Daimler Trucks North America president and CEO, Roger Nielsen, heralded the truck as a symbol of the company’s commitment to technological progress and fulfillment of customer needs.
“This milestone in electric is important as both today and tomorrow’s technology is progressing. Our purpose is resolute: we build for our customers,” he said. “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 an official press release from Freightliner:
“The eCascadia is built on the proven foundation of the Freightliner Cascadia, the best-selling Class 8 heavy-duty truck on the market. The initial customer shipments are the first heavy-duty additions to the 30-vehicle Freightliner Innovation Fleet. Real-world use of the Innovation Fleet and continuing feedback from the members of the Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council will inform the final production versions of both the eCascadia and the medium-duty Freightliner eM2 in a process of co-creation.”
Wayne Nastri, South Coast AQMD’s Executive Officer, said the occasion marks “an exciting time for the future of zero-emissions trucks.” He added that “As we work towards meeting air quality standards, it is imperative that truck manufacturers accelerate the commercialization of these technologies that will help clean our air and protect public health.”
Freighliner was founded in 1942 and today offers a wide range of models tailored for numerous applications including, but not limited to, dump trucks, food and beverage, pickup and delivery, refuse service, tanker, utility and towing and recovery.