J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. has launched an electric testing phase for its trucking fleet.
The company, a subsidiary of J.B. Tranport Services, Inc., completed its first delivery with an electric transport – the Freightliner eCascadia, which is an all-electric Class 8 truck from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). The delivery was a 120-mile intermodal transport for Walmart.
With this delivery, J.B. Hunt has launched a three-month testing phase for the eCascadia. The company will be integrating the truck into its daily operations in Los Angeles, Calif.
“J.B. Hunt is continually exploring innovative solutions such as the eCascadia to improve the sustainability of our fleet and operations,” Craig Harper, executive vice president and chief operations officer at J.B. Hunt, said in a statement. “We are excited to test this vehicle and gain more hands-on experience with all-electric tractors.”
According to Freightliner’s website, the eCascadia is a 525-horsepower truck that has a 250-mile range and is capable of recharging up to 80 percent within 90 minutes. The truck is designed for “local and regional distribution and drayage,” as well as “short-haul, last-mile logistics” and warehouse-to-warehouse use.
J.B. Hunt is testing the eCascadia trucks as part of the Freightliner Customer Experience Fleet. Through this effort, Freightliner is aiming to provide customers with increased experience with electric vehicles.
Freightliner is currently projecting that the start of production on eCascadia trucks will be during the fourth quarter of 2021 at its Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant.