Daimler Truck N.A., Salem, Electrada partner to electrify logistics

Daimler Truck N.A., Salem, Electrada partner to electrify logistics

The companies say the partnership builds on growing zero-emission vehicle integration, and furthers commitments to sustainable trucking.

Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) and Salem Carriers, Inc., a contract logistics company, announced a collaboration to electrify DTNA’s inbound logistics operations at the Salem Carriers hub near Charlotte, NC.

Daimler Truck Financial Services (DTFS) is involved in the project, partnering with Electrada, a fleet electrification solutions company headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. The companies say they worked together on an all-in-one Charging-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution with a fixed and predictable monthly rate. This solution, according to the companies, covers development, operation and maintenance of the charging infrastructure as well as the energy contract.

Salem Carriers, which services DTNA’s inbound logistics network in the Carolinas, helps connect manufacturing sites, supply chain hubs and supplier locations. They deployed DTNA’s Freightliner eCascadia vehicles for daily inbound logistics routes.

The CaaS solution for Salem includes deployment, ownership, operation and energy management of the fleet charging infrastructure at Salem’s Statesville, NC depot, complemented by en-route top-off charging at the Duke Energy/Electrada mobility microgrid in Mt. Holly, NC. DTNA and Salem said DTFS serves as the catalyst by reducing entry barriers with the new CaaS solution; integrating the vehicle lease, electric service program, insurance and other key components into a unified, predictable cost structure for Salem.

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“This program with DTFS, Salem and Electrada reinforces DTNA’s commitment to decarbonization throughout the supply chain by seamlessly using Daimler vehicle and energy solutions available to all logistics enterprises today,” said Jeff Allen, senior vice president of operations and specialty vehicles at DTNA. “Electrifying our inbound logistics operations is a clear testament to the reliability of DTNA’s electric Freightliner trucks, combined with high-performance charging infrastructure and rigorous energy management. There’s no better validation point to the market than being the customer of your own solution.”

“Introducing battery electric vehicles to our operations was a new initiative. The DTFS/Electrada approach was unified, aligned with our operating needs, and set the stage to scale future electric vehicle integration into our services,” added Dennis Giff, general manager at Salem Carriers.

“Only through the comprehensive bundling of services are logistics companies, like Salem, are we able to eliminate the capital, technology, and energy price volatility risks of launching a zero-emissions fleet,” said Kevin Kushman, Electrada chief executive officer. “We’re proud to team with Daimler Truck Financial Services and Daimler Truck North America to demonstrate how to meet the reliability and TCO requirements of a critical logistics function with our zero-emissions CaaS solution.”

In line with its sustainability goals, DTNA said it aims to achieve carbon neutrality for all new products and services from direct suppliers in Europe, the United States and Japan by 2039.

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