Daimler confirms electric truck trial partners

Penske Truck Leasing and transport operator NFI to put them to the test

Daimler Trucks has made a huge commitment to future electric truck models planned for the different brands under the German company’s umbrella.

In the U.S and North America there will be an electric version of the Australia-bound Cascadia heavy-duty truck, the eCascadia, and the Freightliner eM2 106 medium duty offering available to customers, most likely within two years.

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Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has just confirmed the new trucks will first be trialled by two key potential purchasers – Penske and NFI.

Penske will take on 10 eCascadias and 10 eM2s for use in California and the Pacific Northwest, while NFI will use 10 eCascadias for drayage activities in Southern California.

The trucks will go on fleet with the two operators by the end of the year and they say the knowledge gained form the partnerships will help them prepare facilities and fleet operations for electric trucks.

“Running multiple trucks in real-world applications will provide better insights for our engineers into the requirements of integrating electric commercial vehicles into fleet operations,” – Roger Nielsen, president and chief executive officer of DTNA.

“We are partnering with these two customers for this phase of the co-creation process because they have use cases that closely fit the target applications we have identified.”

Check out more details on the new electric Freightliner models here.

“Penske is committed to bringing the most effective commercial vehicle technologies to our customers,” – Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing.

“We are encouraged by the progress Daimler has made with their electric vehicle platforms for heavy-duty and medium-duty applications.

“We look forward to our continued cooperation and co-creation with Daimler on these electric vehicles as we operate them within our expansive logistics, truck leasing and rental fleets.”

We’ll let you know how they go and bring you more details on the new electric Daimler trucks as further info comes to hand.

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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