Daimler Truck North America has delivered 20 Freightliner eCascadia electric trucks to Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling (RCCB), a West Coast and Midwest bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola brands. The vehicles represent the first zero-emission heavy-duty tractors added to the company’s California fleet.
RCCB’s eCascadias will rely solely on 20 Detroit eFill commercial charging stations that have been installed at the Downey facility. To complement the charging stations, RCCB is leveraging the Detroit Charger Management System, a powerful software solution providing a comprehensive view of their electric fleet, and which enables efficient energy management to ultimately reduce operational costs. According to the transport company, the 20 eCascadias – with designs to underscore their tank-to-wheel 100 percent all-electric operation – are expected to result in the reduced use of 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.
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The eCascadia offers various battery and drive axle options, delivering a typical range of 155, 220, or 230 miles, depending on the specific setup. The multiple configurations offered are ideal for short and regional haul routes that involve depot-based charging, including tasks such as last mile logistics, local and regional distribution, drayage, and warehouse-to-warehouse operations.
“Our collaboration with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling marks a significant milestone in promoting sustainable transportation,” said David Carson, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Daimler Truck North America. “The integration of Freightliner eCascadias into RCCB’s fleet showcases that business and environmental responsibility can go hand-in-hand, all while fostering innovation and efficiency.”
“We’re excited to roll out these 100 percent electric, zero-emission heavy duty tractors as we strive toward our goal of reducing our carbon emissions in our operations by 30 percent by 2030,” added Tim Heinen, vice president, strategic infrastructure and development, RCCB. “Our electric fleet for Downey, which now includes electric semi-trucks and electric customer care vehicles, will serve customers throughout Southern California and build on our commitment to make a positive difference in our communities.”