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Electrada and Daimler team up on fleet EV infrastructure offerings

Oct. 16, 2023
The charging-as-a-solution provider and Daimler Truck Financial Services partnership will begin working with U.S. fleets in 2024 to build out medium- and heavy-duty fleet charging infrastructure.

Fleet electrification solutions provider Electrada and Daimler Truck Financial Services are partnering to create a sustainability path for more fleets by building out infrastructure to support medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle fleets. The all-in-one solution will first be provided to projects with selected U.S. fleet customers in the first half of 2024, Electrada announced.

The Electrada 360 charging-as-a-service solution is an end-to-end, technology-agnostic approach designed for fleets to electrify intelligently, cost-effectively, and customize to their specific use cases with a fully capitalized, integrated, and performance-contracted electric fuel solution.

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“This partnership and its subsequent development will accelerate the proliferation of EV fleets across the country,” said Kevin Kushman, Electrada’s chief executive. “Daimler Truck Financial Services and Daimler Truck North America are industry leaders and seek to remove barriers to electrification through collaborative solutions that provide a more seamless, reliable conversion strategy for their customers.”

The agreement aligns Daimler Truck North America’s expanding EV lineup with its overall sustainability strategy and execs the partnership to accelerate fleet electrification nationwide. Daimler Truck’s EV lineup includes the Class 8 eCascadia, Class 6 EM2, and the Class 5 MT50e. The Freightliner eM2 is supposed to begin series production later this year.

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“This comprehensive collaboration supports Daimler’s enterprise-wide commitment to electrification by matching an electric fuel program to every vehicle deployment, providing customers predictability to total cost of ownership and eliminating the complexity of transitioning to electricity as a fleet fuel,” said Richard Howard, president of Daimler Truck Financial Services. “Our vehicles will be at the forefront of converting fleet programs to EVs, but there is a great deal more to this conversion than building vehicles – those vehicles need to be powered by a robust charging program. This is where Electrada’s expertise will greatly benefit our customers so they can concentrate on their core functions in the transportation of goods and people.”

Backed by BlackRock Climate Infrastructure, Electrada’s 360 charging-as-a-service covers all of a fleet’s EV charging infrastructure buildout, implementation, operation, and maintenance costs across a multi-year contractual relationship. 

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