Founded back in 1929, Freightliner is a leading semi-truck manufacturer and the producer of North America’s best-selling Class 8 semi, the Freightliner Cascadia. Recognizing the global shift towards EV use, the Portland-based outfit started testing an electrified version of the Cascadia in 2018, and after the development of an all-new powertrain and tens of thousands of miles of field-testing, the Daimler-owned outfit has now revealed the production-ready eCascadia for the 2022 model year.
Sporting a gross combined weight of 82,000lb and an approximately 250-mile range, the eCascadia is an electric Class 8 semi that was designed for short-hauling and last-mile logistics applications. Kicked along by Freightliner’s all-electric Detroit ePowertrain, the proton-powered semi will be produced with two motor setups, with a single motor option putting down 180hp and 11,500ft-lbs of torque and a dual-motor configuration generating 360hp and a whopping 23,000ft-lbs of torque. The eCascadia will also be offered with three battery options, a 210kWh unit, a 315kWh cell, and a 475kWh pack, with the first affording 1.5-4 hours of use while the latter two offer 2-6 hours of drive time. All three can receive an 80% charge in just 90 minutes, too. Pricing has yet to be revealed, though for more info you can check out the Freightliner website linked below.