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Power business with next-level safety.

Freightliner has pioneered the most innovative safety system for Class 8 trucks, powered by Detroit Assurance®. With the eCascadia, safe driving and more uptime come standard.

Get to know the eCascadia.

Introducing the electric semi truck that keeps charging simple, roads safe, drivers comfortable and the world moving: the all-electric, zero-emissions Freightliner® eCascadia®. Watch to Learn More

Built On A Legend

NORTH AMERICA’S BEST-SELLING CLASS 8 TRUCK

Superior performance. Exceptional driver comfort. Smart, automated safety systems. The Freightliner eCascadia electric semi truck brings it all together in a proven Cascadia design that’s ideal for short-haul, last-mile logistics. It’s a truck that’s built to move forward. And pull an entire industry along with it.

Advanced Safety Comes Standard

LEADING THE WAY WITH ACTIVE SIDE GUARD ASSIST

In the trucking world, safety is more than just a box to check. It’s essential. That’s why the eCascadia offers Detroit Assurance® features like Active Side Guard Assist (ASGA), an industry-first technology that prevents the eCascadia from making a right turn into a moving cyclist or pedestrian. With ASGA, drivers can count on the latest automated safety technology to keep the wheels rolling safely through any urban environment.

eConsulting: Your On-Ramp to Electric

PLANNING, INFRASTRUCTURE & SUPPORT

Freightliner eConsultants are ready to show you the way. No matter where you are in your electric journey, we offer an entire electric ecosystem of support with comprehensive eConsulting services that can help you navigate incentives and plan lasting solutions as well as the industry’s best service network.

Driving Real Sustainability Today

CLEANER AIR & QUIETER CITIES WITH ELECTRIC SEMI TRUCKS

The zero-emissions future is clear. In fact, it’s already in motion. The all-electric Freightliner eCascadia is ready to move the world toward cleaner, quieter and more efficient operations ­– and help you meet your sustainability goals along the way.

Detroit eFill Chargers: Plug into Reliability

BUILT TO WORK FOR TRUCKS THAT WORK

Engineered for the demands of the commercial truck world, Detroit® eFill chargers keep fleets going strong with efficient power delivery and ultimate reliability. The future of smart, fully-integrated Detroit power is here.

 

Innovation Inside: The Detroit ePowertrain

100% ELECTRIC. ALL POWER. ZERO EMISSIONS.

Designed for the Freightliner® eM2® and eCascadia, the all-electric Detroit® ePowertrain provides the ultimate in power, efficiency and dependability. With maximum torque to get loads moving and quick, smooth acceleration, the Detroit ePowertrain is ready to move your fleet forward.

Blog Articles

eCascadia: Launched and Ready to Flip the Electric Switch

After more than one million test miles and countless loads delivered for real fleets, the series-production eCascadia has officially launched. Here are five reasons why this groundbreaking electric semi truck is ready to help you flip the zero-emissions switch in your fleet.

eCascadia: 3 Ways That Next-level Safety Comes Standard

What if there was a semi truck smart enough to stay one step ahead of other vehicles, protect drivers from every angle and make long journeys more comfortable? There is: The Freightliner eCascadia.

State of Charge: 2021 Electric Trends and Milestones

2021 has been a year of significant progress for electric semi trucks. Here’s a quick look at just how far we’ve come – and where we’re headed next.

Prepare for the EV Acceleration

The evolution of the electric truck landscape continues to pick up speed. Want to stay ahead of the curve? Now could be a great time to take stock of your EV plans.

Planning Your Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

The world of electric trucking is full of opportunities, but getting there isn’t about flipping a switch. You need to build the right foundation first.

Beyond The Batteries: How Electric Trucks Work

Electric commercial trucks are here, and they continue to rack up real-world miles. But have you ever stopped to think about what’s going on inside of one when it’s on the road? Let’s take a look.

Moving the Electric Needle: Smart Ways to Use Electric Trucks

Electric trucks are powerful, efficient tools of the future – and they’re already moving real business. Let’s look at a few of the best ways to use them today.

The Top 4 Business Reasons to Start Your EV Fleet

Going electric isn’t just about a cleaner world. Sustainability can support efficiency, productivity and better business, too. Here are the top 4 reasons why building an EV fleet can be good for your bottom line.

What it’s like to Drive the eCascadia: 5 Most Surprising Features

Think you know electric trucks? Learn about the Freightliner eCascadia’s 5 most surprising features – and what puts it at the front of the pack in the zero-emissions race to innovate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can semi trucks be electric?

The electrification of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks is underway, marking a critical development in the transportation industry. Electric semi truck pilot programs (such as Freightliner’s Electric Innovation Fleet and Customer Experience Fleet) are already delivering freight on North American roads today, and this technology will become much more commonplace over the next several years. To get a quote, place a reservation, or learn more about Freightliner’s electric semi trucks, reach out to your local Freightliner dealer, today.

What is driving an electric semi like?

The eCascadia is whisper-quiet, produces no fumes or emissions, and provides a smooth ride with impressive acceleration. With 100% torque potential from 0 miles-per-hour, these vehicles also demonstrate exceptional hauling performance. Driving an eCascadia (or eM2) is comfortable and relaxing. Drivers often say they really appreciate the driving experience because it easier on their bodies.

What do drivers say about driving the electric semi?

With the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet and Customer Experience Fleet pilot programs, we learn more lessons every day about life on the road behind the wheel of electric trucks. A few perks that participating drivers have shared:

  • Improved torque and acceleration
  • Greatly reduced noise
  • Reduced vibration
  • No diesel fumes
  • Improved ease of use from incorporating regenerative braking
  • Stable turning, low center of gravity
  • Reduced driver fatigue
  • Simpler post and pre-trip inspection process
  • Cleaner working environment
How far can the eCascadia battery go?

Driving range varies between the eCascadia’s two battery capacity offerings. The 438 kWh battery provides a typical driving range of 230 miles on the 4x2 configuration or 220 miles on the 6x4 configuration. The 291 kWh battery provides a typical range of 155 miles on the 4x2 configuration. These ranges assume a gradually diminishing load, consistent usage of regenerative braking, and starting routes on a full charge.

What is the range for the eCascadia semi?

The eCascadia has a typical range of 155, 220 or 230 on a full charge, depending on configuration. 

How much does energy cost for the electric semi?

Energy prices vary by region and also fluctuate on an hourly basis, depending on when the energy grid is experiencing increased demand. This means that the cost of energy is typically lower at night, so use cases that allow for overnight truck charging are ideal for maximizing fuel savings. Even after considering fluctuations in energy price, the cost-per-mile of running trucks on electricity is expected to be significantly lower than running on diesel fuel.

Do electric trucks have lower cost of ownership than diesel trucks?

Depending on the region of deployment, grants and incentives may be available to offset the higher initial purchase price of an electric truck, pushing it closer to parity with a comparable diesel truck. This, combined with lower fuel costs and reduced maintenance over the lifetime of the vehicle, can enable owners to achieve a Real Cost of Ownership advantage over operating comparable diesel models.

What does the Freightliner electric semi cost?

The eCascadia is now available for reservations. Please reach out to your Freightliner dealer to receive a quote.

New technologies are always more expensive in the beginning. Currently the high voltage batteries are the largest single cost driver for the eCascadia and its purchase price will be higher than Freightliner products with a conventional powertrain. However, depending on where a customer is located, grants and incentives can help to bring the purchase price down, leading to a reduced Real Cost of Ownership over time, once lower maintenance and fuel costs are considered.

How far does the eCascadia battery go?

The eCascadia has a typical range of 155, 220 or 230 on a full charge, depending on configuration. 

How long does it take to fully charge the eCascadia battery?

Battery charging will vary depending on battery size and the power capability of the charging hardware. To best meet the need for “opportunity charging,” the eCascadia can charge from 0% to 80% in as little as 90 minutes.

What is the range for the eCascadia semi?

The eCascadia has a typical range of 155, 220 or 230 on a full charge, depending on configuration. 

How much payload can the electric semi haul?

The maximum Gross Combined Weight (GCW) for the eCascadia and trailer is 82,000 lbs. The approximate curb weight for the eCascadia is 16,350 (4x2 standard-range), 18,750 (4x2 long-range), or 21,800 (6x4).

What kinds of eAxles does the eCascadia have?

eCascadia will come equipped with the new 100% electric Detroit ePowertrain. It boasts instant torque with zero emissions and is available with a single-motor eAxle: 11,500 lb-ft.max torque, and a dual-motor eAxle: 23,000 lb.-ft max torque. For more information, go to: demanddetroit.com/epowertrain

 

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