Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA) announced efforts to advance the transformation of the transportation sector toward carbon-neutral propulsion systems by integrating battery electric trucks into its logistics operations.
The company will rely on its Freightliner eCascadia battery electric semi-trucks, which were successfully launched in 2022 and have been available for customers since then. The deployment of the Freightliner eCascadia trucks in DTNA’s inbound logistics network demonstrates their potential within the company’s fleet. To address infrastructure challenges, DTNA will utilize "Electric Island", the first-of-its-kind heavy-duty electric truck charging site opened in 2021 in Portland, Oregon.
This site was designed to accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of zero-emission commercial vehicles and provides the necessary infrastructure to support the company’s sustainable logistics vision.
Digging into DTNA's PNW Electrified Operations
The four electric vehicles that DTNA will initially deploy, seamlessly integrate into DTNA's extensive logistics network, ultimately supporting the company’s production and aftermarket operations across North America. These vehicles will be utilized to pick up parts from various supplier locations in the Pacific Northwest and deliver them to DTNA's consolidation center in Portland.
From this optimization-focused consolidation center, the parts are then shipped to DTNA’s North American manufacturing plants and aftermarket parts distribution centers, serving customers across the United States and Canada.
"By integrating electric trucks into our inbound logistics network, we aim to reduce our environmental impact and contribute to a more sustainable future that goes beyond truck development and manufacturing," said Jeff Allen, senior vice president, operations and specialty vehicles of DTNA. "Sustainability is a cornerstone of our corporate governance. We take the associated responsibility for our employees, for the environment and for society as a whole very seriously."
Sustainability is an integral part of DTNA's core business and corporate behavior, according to the company, with the most important levers being its people, products, production, and supply chain. The integration of electric vehicles into DTNA’s inbound logistics network is one of many initiatives that contribute to making DTNA a world class leader in sustainable operations.
In 2020, the Portland truck manufacturing plant, where the eCascadia is built, achieved CO₂-neutral production with reduced energy consumption and the offset of on-site emissions. DTNA further plans to incorporate CO₂-neutral production at all its remaining truck manufacturing plants by 2025.
DTNA is actively developing solutions to optimize the entire lifecycle of batteries used in their electric trucks, including remanufacturing, repurposing, and end-of-life recycling. DTNA remains dedicated to innovation and environmental responsibility, reaffirming its commitment to creating a more sustainable supply chain.