Daimler Truck North America Logistics Network Starts Operating Electric Vehicles in the Pacific Northwest

PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 30, 2023) Daimler Truck North America LLC (DTNA) is advancing the transformation of the transportation sector toward carbon-neutral propulsion systems by integrating battery electric trucks into its own 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 own 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, OR. 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.
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."
At DTNA, sustainability is an integral part of its core business and corporate behavior, 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. Moreover, 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.
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About Daimler Truck North America
Daimler Truck North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a leading provider of comprehensive products, services and technologies for the commercial transportation industry. Daimler Truck North America designs, engineers, manufactures and markets medium- and heavy-duty trucks, school buses, vehicle chassis and their associated technologies and components under the Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp and Detroit brands. Daimler Truck North America is a subsidiary of Daimler Truck Holding AG (DTG), one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers.


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