HOUSTON and PORTLAND, Ore. – Foodservice distribution company Sysco Corporation and Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) jointly announced on Thursday a letter of intent (LOI) to deploy up to nearly 800 battery electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors serving Sysco customers by 2026.
The first eCascadia delivery is expected to arrive at Sysco’s Riverside, California site later this year, according to a news release from Sysco.
“Sysco is committed to making meaningful investments to support achievement of our climate goals, including those that encourage the development of electric tractors and trailers. We are eager to partner with a like-minded industry leader like Daimler Truck North America to deploy battery electric trucks nationwide,” said Marie Robinson, Sysco’s executive vice president and chief supply chain officer.
“This investment shows our commitment to sustainability and growing responsibly and will ultimately help us meet our goal of reducing our direct carbon emissions by 27.5 percent by 2030.”
According to the news release, Sysco “aims to power more of its tractor fleet with alternative fuels, and the deployment of Freightliner eCascadias along with refrigerated trailers will play a significant role in achieving its science-based climate goal to electrify 35 percent of its U.S. fleet by 2030. Sysco Riverside continues to build its charging infrastructure to support additional battery electric truck deployments, including additional solar capacity.”
DTNA recently unveiled its production-ready, all-electric Freightliner eCascadia at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, California.
“At Daimler Truck North America, we are proud to enter into a new era of sustainable, safe and efficient commercial transportation with our friends at Sysco,” said DTNA Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing David Carson. “Industry transformation requires leadership and collaboration, and a shared vision for the future of the supply chain. Together we are sustaining our mutual momentum toward a brighter future for us all.”
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