freightliner ecascadia

The Freightliner Cascadia is becoming an increasingly common sight on Aussie roads, the big unit though is only offered here with diesel propulsion.

In North America, operators can opt for an electric version known as the eCascadia.

Now, an updated version of what our American cousins call an “electric tractor” is about to hit the market, boasting greater range and faster charge times.

Unveiled this week at the Advanced Clean Transport (ACT) Expo in California, the updated battery-electric eCascadia now boasts a longer range of up to 230 miles (368 km) in a tandem drive configuration.

freightliner ecascadia
The eCascadia is already at work in the U.S.A.

What’s given the eCascadia better range?

In short, better batteries. Daimler Trucks tell us the updated truck comes with improved battery chemistry and better integration and this means more time between charges.

The company says the upgraded eCascadia stemmed from extensive testing with customers.

There are three battery capacities available – a 438 kWh pack for tandem and single drive configurations, and 291 and 194 kWh packs for single drive applications.

Power ratings go from 320-470 hp and an 80% recharge can be achieved in 90 minutes.

“We tested this not for our customers, but with our customers, to ensure we deliver what they need in an electric tractor,” – John O’Leary, president and CEO of Daimler Truck North America.

Some of the other changes coming into the updated eCascadia include a relocation of the charging point, a request made by operators.

Would you be interested in a fully-electric version of the Freightliner Cascadia? At this stage there’s no concrete estimates on when we might see the offering in Australia, we’ll keep you updated though.