California Coke bottler gets first 20 eCascadia

RBBC’s eCascadias
RBBC’s eCascadias will rely solely on 20 Detroit eFill commercial charging stations that have been installed at the Downey facility.

Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling (RCCB), a West Coast and Midwest Coca-Cola-brand bottler and distributor, has taken delivery of 20 zero-emission, battery electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors. The electrics are the first zero-emission heavy-duty tractors added to RCCB's California fleet. 

RCCB Vice President of Strategic Infrastructure and Development Tim Heinen said the zero-emission trucks are part of the company's goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. “Our electric fleet for Downey, which now includes electric semi-trucks and electric customer care vehicles, will serve customers throughout Southern California and build on our commitment to make a positive difference in our communities," he added. 

The fleet expects the 20 eCascadia to reduce its annual diesel fuel consumption by 40,000 gallons.

The carrier worked alongside Detroit eConsulting, a team comprised of Daimler Truck North America eMobility experts, to select the best possible site design and ensure an easy integration of the eCascadias into the fleet. 

RBBC’s eCascadia will recharge from 20 Detroit eFill commercial charging stations that have been installed at the Downey, California, facility. RCCB will also use the Detroit Charger Management System, a software solution providing a comprehensive view of the electric fleet, enabling efficient energy management to reduce operational costs. Recharging takes as little as two and a half to three hours to reach 80% capacity.

The eCascadia offers various battery and drive axle options, delivering a typical range of 155, 220, or 230 miles, depending on the spec. The multiple configurations offered are ideal for short and regional haul routes that involve depot-based charging, including tasks such as last mile logistics, local and regional distribution, drayage, and warehouse-to-warehouse operations. The eCascadia also comes standard with the Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems, including Active Brake Assist 5. 

Coca Cola Freightliner electric CascadiaReyes Coca-Cola Bottling has taken delivery of 20 battery electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors.

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