Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries have acquired the first two heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia trucks from Daimler as the German OEM expands its field tests for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks in North America.
Penske will be operating the Freightliner eCascadia in regional traffic in Southern California, while NFI will employ the eCascadia in drayage operations at both the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The two Class 8 eCascadia vehicles, which offer a range of 250 miles (400km), are the first heavy-duty trucks in Freightliner’s innovation fleet with a total of 30 electric vehicles.
Since the end of 2018, both companies have been field-testing the medium-duty, fully electric Freightliner eM2.
The market launch for both the Freightliner eCascadia and the eM2 truck is currently planned for 2021.