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Freightliner eCascadia making real-world runs

Jan. 26, 2021
Southern California Edison, the first utility to test an electric truck from Freightliner, began using the eCascadia in November of 2020 for material transport, and moving heavy equipment like transformers, wire reels and switch gears.

Southern California Edison (SCE) recently used a Freightliner eCascadia to deliver an electrical transformer to a Schneider trucking terminal in Los Angeles. The transformer will be used to supply power to electric vehicles and support Schneider’s deployment of battery-electric trucks, like the Freightliner eCascadia.

Schneider’s plans for eCascadia include use in local and regional delivery and pick up. Through the course of operation, Schneider will analyze the best type of load, freight characteristics and areas of operation for the vehicle’s range, charging requirements to help maximize duty cycle, and assess additional facility modifications needed to accommodate electric trucks.

“Schneider’s commitment to sustainability is getting a significant boost with the installation of our charging array at our Southern California terminal,” said Rob Reich, executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Schneider. "We are on the path to a cleaner future.”

SCE and Schneider are both participants in the Freightliner Customer Experience (CX) Fleet, partially supported by a partnership between DTNA and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), which focuses on improving air quality in large portions of Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Coachella Valley. Operating battery-electric Class 8 eCascadias to inform future purchasing plans and provide invaluable feedback to Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) as the company readies to launch the production version in 2022.

“Cooperation like this underscores the common goals we all share,” said Wayne Nastri, South Coast AQMD’s executive officer. “We are pleased to see these companies work together to promote the viability of all-electric, heavy-duty trucks. We hope to see more infrastructure as we work towards cleaner air.”

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