Daimler Truck North America delivers first electric Freightliner eCascadias to state of New Mexico for Goodwill Industries
PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 9, 2024) - Daimler Truck North America
LLC (DTNA) today announced that it has delivered two battery-electric
Freightliner eCascadias manufactured in Portland, Oregon, to customer, Goodwill
Industries of New Mexico (GINM), a local nonprofit organization with
a mission to provide skills training, job development, and social services to
New Mexico residents.
This week, state government officials including Governor
Michelle Grisham, alongside GINM representatives, unveiled the eCascadias with
a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference. These electric Class 8 tractors
will join GINM's fleet of trucks in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and represent the
first zero-emission, heavy-duty tractors added to their fleet and the first
eCascadias operating in the state.
“Delivering the first electric Freightliner eCascadias to Goodwill
Industries of New Mexico marks a significant milestone in our efforts to
promote sustainable transportation solutions across the nation and support
organizations with strong community impact,” said David Carson, SVP sales and
marketing at DTNA. “This partnership solidifies our commitment to driving
innovation and environmental stewardship while enabling organizations like
Goodwill to fulfill their mission of serving their local communities.”
GINM partnered with New Mexico’s Environment Department (NMED) to apply
for a grant through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), which covered
45% of the vehicles’ initial purchase price. The Public Service Company of New
Mexico (PNM) and Wagner Equipment installed accompanying electric
infrastructure, including the transformers, and charging station.
“Environmental sustainability has long been part of the mission of our
organization,” remarked Shauna Kastle, CEO and President of Goodwill Industries
of New Mexico. “Our investment in electric semi-tractors underscores our
commitment to our community and state to be environmentally responsible.”
Since the start of production in 2022, the battery-electric Freightliner
eCascadia has been delivered to over 50 fleets in North America and covered
more than 4 million electric miles in real-world customer applications. eCascadias
are designed to provide optimal productivity for fleets looking to make a
change to efficient, zero-emission commercial vehicles.
The eCascadia offers various battery and drive axle configurations,
delivering a typical range of 155, 220 or 230 miles, depending on the specifications.
Recharging takes as little as 90 minutes to reach 80 percent capacity.
Developed in-house and fully integrated, the Detroit ePowertrain
prioritizes power, efficiency, and reliability. For enhanced safety on the
road, the eCascadia also comes standard with the Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems,
including Active Brake Assist 5.
Daimler Truck North America
LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a leading provider of comprehensive
products 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.
About Freightliner Trucks
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Truck North America (DTNA)
LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. With 80 years of experience,
Freightliner produces and markets medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks as the
leading heavy-duty truck brand in North America. DTNA is a subsidiary of
Daimler Truck Holding AG (DTG), one of the world’s leading commercial vehicle
manufacturers. More information is available at www.Freightliner.com.
Goodwill Industries of New Mexico is much more than a thrift store. GINM
has served New Mexicans for 83 years as a non-profit service provider
facilitating more than 10 free programs. GINM provides job development, skills
training, and case management in all 33 counites of the state. In 2023, Goodwill served 21,538 New Mexicans
and placed 1,556 individuals into community-based employment.