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Freightliner electric trucks surpass 500,000 miles in real-world use

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

The 38-vehicle fleet of battery-electric Freightliner eCascadias and eM2s have surpassed 500,000 miles in real-world operation by Freightliner customers.

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The Freightliner Electric Innovation and Customer Experience (CX) Fleets consist of pre-series production battery-electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks, and are used to test integration of the technology into large-scale fleet operations while providing real-time feedback and data to help shape the future of CO₂-neutral transportation.

Announced in 2018 and beginning operation in 2019, the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet includes 30 battery-electric trucks in operation by NFI and Penske Truck Leasing and its customers. The fleet is supported by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) which focuses on improving air quality in the South Coast Basin of Southern California and partially funded the project. All trucks in the fleet operate in the South Coast Basin and are doing real work in applications ranging from port drayage, to regional and local delivery, to food distribution, to parcel delivery.

Customer participants in the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet include:

  • NFI
  • Penske Logistics
  • Penske Truck Leasing, and its customers, including:
    • Black Horse Carriers Inc.
    • Core-Mark
    • Costco Wholesalers
    • Fastenal
    • Iron Mountain Inc.
    • KeHE Distributors
    • Mondolez International Inc.
    • Temco Logistics
    • United Parcel Service
    • US Foods

Announced in early 2020 and beginning operation later the same year, the Freightliner CX Fleet includes eight battery-electric trucks and brings more customers into the co-creation process. Freightliner CX Fleet participants are members of the Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council, a group of customers working with Freightliner to identify and address all potential hurdles to large-scale fleet deployment. The Freightliner CX Fleet is supported in part by both South Coast AQMD and by Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Bay Area AQMD), which focuses on improving air quality in the nine-county Bay Area.

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Customer participants in the Freightliner CX Fleet include:

  • J.B. Hunt Transport Service Inc.
  • Knight-Swift Transportation
  • Ryder Systems
  • Schneider National Inc.
  • Sysco Corp.
  • Velocity Truck Rental & Leasing

RELATED: Listen to our recent podcast on Freightliner’s electric truck testing fleets here.

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