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J.B. Hunt Transport Services, one of the largest U.S. carriers and supply chain operators, prides itself on its first delivery with a Freightliner eCascadia electric truck.

The 120-mile intermodal transport for the Walmart retail chain is also the launch of three-month tests, in the course of which J.B. Hunt will introduce eCascadia to his daily fleet operations in Los Angeles. Charging stations have been installed in the company’s terminal in Los Angeles.

We are constantly exploring innovative solutions, such as eCascadia, to improve the sustainability of our fleet and operations,” said Craig Harper, Vice President and Executive Director of J.B. Hunt. “We’re happy to test this vehicle and gain more hands-on experience with fully electric tractors,” he added.

With zero-exhaust emissions, eCascadia is an environmentally friendly vehicle, designed for an up to 250-mile driving range when the batteries are fully charged. This is enough to serve local and regional distribution. The electric tractor has a 525 horsepower engine and it only takes 90 minutes to recharge it to 80 percent.

The tests carried out by J.B. Hunt are part of Freightliner’s Customer Experience Fleet program to help Daimler Trucks North America customers gain experience in implementing electric trucks into their business.

Walmart welcomes actions of J.B.Hunt with favour. The supermarket chain representatives encourage their partners and suppliers to reduce their CO2 emissions. J.B.Hunt’s fleet already has five fully electric mid-sized trucks introduced in 2018.

Image: J.B. Hunt

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