NFI Deploys Daimler Class 8 Electric Freightliner eCascadias Truck

August 26, 2019

NFI recently received the first of 10 Class 8 battery electric Freightliner eCascadias from Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA). As a member of the Freightliner Electric Vehicle Council, NFI will be one of the first companies to deploy the eCascadia into its commercial operations.

NFI will incorporate the eCascadias into its drayage operations in Southern California, where the company’s distribution portfolio spans over 15 million square feet. NFI will test the battery electric vehicles under real-world conditions and provide feedback to help enhance the integration of commercial electric vehicles into operations. Further, NFI has installed electric charging stations within its Chino, Calif. operations. In addition to NFI’s expansive drayage presence on the West Coast, the company’s drayage footprint also spans major ports, rail terminals, and logistics hubs across the U.S.

“NFI remains dedicated to investing in its communities, with the welfare of people at the center of all that we do,” said Sid Brown, CEO of NFI. “Our partnership with DTNA is a testament to our commitment to social responsibility and supporting the areas in which we live and work. We continue to identify and implement new and innovative ways to create cleaner communities, reduce our carbon footprint, and operate more efficiently in both Southern California and the rest of our North American footprint.”

“DTNA has been a longstanding partner of NFI,” said Bill Bliem, SVP of Fleet Services. “With similar values in promoting sustainability within the transportation industry, we are excited to move forward in making electric vehicles a reality.”

To further its green initiatives, NFI operates Near Zero compressed natural gas trucks fueled with renewable energy and electric yard horse tractors in addition to electric trucks. NFI also uses battery powered Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) and outfits its dedicated fleet with aerodynamic components to aid in decreasing fuel usage. The company continues to be recognized within the logistics industry for its sustainability efforts within its dedicated and drayage fleet of over 4,000 tractors and 9,700 trailers, as well as its 50 million square feet of distribution space. Most recently recognized as a SmartWay High Performer for the second time, NFI is also a four-time EPA SmartWay Excellence award winner.

Founded in 1932, NFI is one of the oldest and largest privately-held 3PLs in North America. The company offers extensive experience providing supply chain solutions across a variety of sectors including retail, food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and manufacturing. NFI’s integrated suite of solutions spans dedicated transportation, distribution, brokerage, transportation management, port drayage, intermodal, global logistics, and real estate.

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