J.B. Hunt, one of the largest shipping companies in America, recently made its first delivery using an all-electric Freightliner eCascadia. J.B. Hunt specializes in the transporting of full truckload freight containers, and works with companies such as Walmart.
This was the first J.B. Hunt Intermodal delivery using this all-electric Class 8 truck, and it pulled out of the Southgate terminal this week.
The company said it barely made a sound.
The transport was a 120-mile haul for Walmart, and it kicked off a three-month testing phase. J.B. Hunt plans to integrate the eCascadia with its day-to-day fleet operations in Los Angeles.
The eCascadia has zero tailpipe emissions, which makes it an environmentally friendly vehicle that will reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint.
Fully charged, the eCascadia is expected to have a range of up to 250 miles, which makes it perfect for local and regional distribution. The all-electric tractor has a 525-horsepower motor and can recharge to 80% in just 90 minutes.
The eCascadia that J.B. Hunt is testing is a member of the Freightliner Customer Experience Fleet, which is providing DTNA customers a chance to switch their fleets to electric.
In 2019, J.B. Hunt prevented 3.2 million metric tons of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere through its OTR to intermodal conversion. This is the equivalent of removing more than 700,000 passenger vehicles from the road for an entire year.
In total, its current private fleet includes 5 all-electric, medium-duty box trucks. Those were added to the company’s collection in 2018.
Reference- J.B. Hunt Online Newsroom, Futurism, InsideEvs