Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Electric Truck Trials Continue to Benefit Manufacturer and Customer Alike

California Test Bed for Latest Technology
Shipping News Feature

US – XPO Logistics has partnered with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) to test Daimler's battery-electric commercial trucks under real-life operating conditions in California.

XPO drivers will use tractors from DTNA’s Freightliner Electric Innovation and Customer Experience (CX) Fleet for a nine-month pilot program in the Oakland area. The data generated by the XPO pilot will help inform DTNA’s final design of its battery-electric truck prior to full series production. XPO and DTNA have collaborated on transportation innovation for more than a decade. Troy Cooper, President of XPO Logistics, said:

“We’re pleased to contribute to the environmental sustainability of supply chains by providing real-life operating data to our long-time partner, Daimler Trucks North America. The CX pilot is also an opportunity for us to evaluate how battery-electric trucks perform for our customers and drivers. Our partnerships with manufacturers are an important way we help advance industry innovation.”

In addition to leading the Freightliner CX pilot in Oakland, XPO provides input to DTNA as a member of the Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council. The pilot is supported by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Bay Area AQMD), which partially funded the deployment. Richard Howard, Senior Vice President, On-Highway Sales and Marketing, Daimler Trucks North America, said:

“XPO is providing us valuable information about the performance, maintenance and cost of operating our all-electric Freightliner eCascadia, while helping to shape the future of CO₂-neutral transportation for supply chains nationwide. We appreciate their partnership and participation in the process of co-creation.”