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Sysco Testing All-Electric Freightliner Truck

Sysco Testing All-Electric Freightliner Truck

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Electric freight is the way of the future, and Sysco is pushing the innovation pedal to answer the call. The foodservice giant recently tapped a new partner to pilot its all-electric freightliner, eCascadia, from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).

Neil Russell, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Sysco“We are excited to partner with DTNA on this important work,” said Neil Russell, Sysco’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “Collaborating with manufacturers to develop new truck models that can meet the specialized requirements of food delivery is a vital step toward significantly reducing our impact on the planet. We are proud of the progress we are making towards our CSR goals and, together with DTNA, are confident Sysco will help deliver a better tomorrow for all of our stakeholders.”

This initiative is consistent with Sysco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy and the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, it noted in a release.

Sysco is testing an all-electric freightliner, eCascadia, from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA)

In addition, it aligns with DTNA’s ongoing work to engage customers in its commercial electric vehicle development process by deploying trucks in real-world applications. Sysco aims to power more of its tractor fleet with alternative fuels, and deployment of electric trucks will play a significant role in achieving that objective.

Richard Howard, Senior Vice President, On-Highway Sales and Marketing, Daimler Trucks North America“It’s critical that we collaborate with customers across multiple segments to further our understanding of how commercial battery electric trucks will be part of a long-term solution in CO2-neutral transportation,” said Richard Howard, Senior Vice President, On-Highway Sales and Marketing, DTNA. “Our customers provide important, continuous feedback that contributes to our ongoing design and purposeful innovation of these trucks, and together we will lead the future.”

Sysco recently deployed the eCascadia, a Class 8 tractor designed for local and regional distribution, and will continue running it in daily operations from its San Francisco, California, operating site through January 2021. Sysco will provide data and feedback from its testing to Freightliner to help it improve on future vehicle design.

Sysco currently participates in the Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council, a group of customers working with Freightliner to identify and address all potential hurdles to large-scale deployment of commercial battery electric vehicles.

Where will we see this new partnership take Sysco? Only time and Deli Market News will tell.