J.B. Hunt Transport recently completed its first delivery using the Freightliner eCascadia, Daimler Trucks North America’s all-electric Class 8 truck.
The delivery, a 120-mile intermodal haul for Walmart, kicks off a three-month testing phase in which J.B. Hunt will use the eCascadia in its day-to-day fleet operations in Los Angeles, according to a statement from the company.
On a full charge, the series-produced eCascadia is expected to have a driving range of up to 250 miles, making it ideal for local and regional distribution and drayage, according to the company. The all-electric tractor has a 525-horsepower engine and can recharge as much as 80 percent in just 90 minutes.
Charging stations have been installed at the Los Angeles terminal, and drivers are being trained on an ongoing basis to operate the vehicle.