January 25, 2021 3:30 PM, EST

DTNA, SoCal Edison, Schneider Cooperate on Electric Truck Expansion

DTNAFreightliner eCascadias. (Daimler Trucks North America)

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Daimler Trucks North America announced Southern California Edison, the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California, used a Freightliner eCascadia from DTNA to deliver an electrical transformer to a Schneider terminal in Los Angeles.

Schneider provides trucking, intermodal and logistics services and ranks No. 5 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.

The transformer will be used to supply power to electric vehicles and support Schneider’s deployment of battery-electric trucks.

Southern California Edison and Schneider are both participants in the Freightliner Customer Experience Fleet that runs eCascadia trucks to provide feedback.

Schneider’s plans for the eCascadia include use in local and regional delivery and pick up, according to the Green Bay, Wis.-based company.

“Through the course of operation, Schneider will analyze the best type of load, freight characteristics and areas of operation for the vehicle’s range, charging requirements to help maximize duty cycle, and assess additional facility modifications needed to accommodate electric trucks,” Rob Reich, chief administrative officer at Schneider, said in a release.

Freightliner’s CX Fleet is partially supported by a partnership between DTNA and the South Coast Air Quality Management District that focuses on improving air quality in large portions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. — Transport Topics

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