Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) has supplied 20 all-electric Freightliner trucks to Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling, marking the first electric tractors for the bottling company based in Downey, California. In a strategic move towards sustainability, the delivery includes the installation of 20 Detroit eFill commercial charging stations to power the electric vehicles.
According to DTNA, the deployment of these 20 eCascadias is expected to result in substantial fuel savings, estimated at 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year for Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling. David Carson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at DTNA, commented on the milestone, stating, “Our collaboration with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling marks a significant milestone in promoting sustainable transportation.”
The integration of the Freightliner eCascadias into RCCB's fleet is seen as a demonstration of the compatibility between business operations and environmental responsibility. Carson further emphasized that this initiative aligns with fostering innovation and efficiency.
Tim Heinen, Vice President of Strategic Infrastructure and Development at RCCB, expressed enthusiasm about the rollout of the 100% electric, zero-emission heavy-duty tractors. He stated, “We're excited to roll out these 100% electric, zero-emission heavy-duty tractors as we strive toward our goal of reducing our carbon emissions in our operations by 30% by 2030.”
The electric fleet for Downey now includes electric semi-trucks and electric customer care vehicles, expanding RCCB's commitment to making a positive environmental impact in the communities it serves.
Daimler initially introduced the Freightliner eCascadia for the North American market in 2022. The battery-electric truck model, classified as a Class 8 semitrailer tractor, offers customers a choice between three battery options: 194 kWh, 291 kWh, and 438 kWh. The largest battery variant boasts a range of up to 230 miles or 370 kilometers, contributing to the electric fleet's efficiency and sustainability goals.