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Electric semi-trucks are in the real world.

The short version:

  • Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has delivered its first two semi-trucks for daily use.
  • NFI and Penske Truck have each taken delivery of Freightliner eCascadia models.
  • Each semi is a Class 8 tractor.
  • Sid Brown, CEO of NFI says they are at the forefront of a technological revolution.
  • The eCascadia is going to enter full production in late 2021.
  • DTNA plans to add 18 more eCascadias, and 10 eM2s (the little brother) into real-world testing by the end of the year.

I’m unfamiliar with any other manufacturers that are performing real-world tests with third parties. It’s great to see this happening. The article states that it’s going to be a long road before EV becomes mainstream in the trucking industry. I’m not sure I agree with that. Perhaps owner-operators will hold out because of cost, but I believe most fleet owners will be easily convinced when the cost savings is so obvious.

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