Daimler delivers two Freightliner eCascadia trucks to Goodwill

Daimler delivers two Freightliner eCascadia trucks to Goodwill

These are the first zero-emission, Class 8 trucks in Goodwill Industries of New Mexico's fleet, and the first eCascadias operating in the state.

Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) recently delivered two battery-electric Freightliner eCascadias to Goodwill Industries of New Mexico (GINM), a local nonprofit organization with a mission to provide skills training, job development and social services to New Mexico residents. These electric Class 8 trucks represent the first zero-emission, heavy-duty trucks in GINM’s fleet, and are the first eCascadias operating in the state.

Goodwill says that the transition to battery-electric eCascadias further helps the organization achieve its sustainability goals by reducing its environmental footprint. GINM already says it keeps more than a hundred million pounds of unwanted items out of New Mexico’s landfills each year.

“Environmental sustainability has long been part of the mission of our organization,” remarked Shauna Kastle, GINM chief executive officer and president. “Our investment in electric semi-tractors underscores our commitment to our community and state to be environmentally responsible.”

“Delivering the first electric Freightliner eCascadias to Goodwill Industries of New Mexico marks a significant milestone in our efforts to promote sustainable transportation solutions across the nation and support organizations with strong community impact,” said David Carson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at DTNA. “This partnership solidifies our commitment to driving innovation and environmental stewardship while enabling organizations like Goodwill to fulfill their mission of serving their local communities.”

GINM partnered with New Mexico’s Environment Department to apply for a grant through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), which covered 45% of the vehicles’ initial purchase price. The Public Service Company of New Mexico and Wagner Equipment installed accompanying electric infrastructure, including the transformers, and charging station.

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