XPO Logistics has partnered with Daimler Trucks North America to test Daimler’s battery-electric commercial trucks under real-life operating conditions in California. XPO drivers will use tractors from Daimler’s Freightliner Electric Innovation and Customer Experience Fleet for a nine-month pilot program in the Oakland area. The data generated by the XPO pilot will help inform Daimler’s final design of its battery-electric truck prior to full series production. The two firms have collaborated on transportation innovation for over 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 (Customer Experience) 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.”
Richard Howard, Senior Vice President of On-Highway Sales and Marketing at 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.”
In addition to leading the Freightliner Customer Experience pilot in Oakland, XPO provides input to Daimler as a member of the Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council. The pilot is supported by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which partially funded the deployment.
Source: XPO Logistics