Houston, Texas-based Sysco Corporation and Daimler Truck North America have jointly announced a letter of intent to deploy nearly 800 battery electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors serving Sysco customers by 2026. The first eCascadia delivery is expected to arrive at Sysco’s Riverside, California site later this year.
“Sysco is committed to making meaningful investments to support achievement of our climate goals, including those that encourage the development of electric tractors and trailers. We are eager to partner with a like-minded industry leader like Daimler Truck North America to deploy battery electric trucks nationwide,” said Marie Robinson, Sysco’s EVP, chief supply chain officer.
“This investment shows our commitment to sustainability and growing responsibly and will ultimately help us meet our goal of reducing our direct carbon emissions by 27.5 percent by 2030.”
Sysco aims to power more of its tractor fleet with alternative fuels, and the deployment of Freightliner eCascadias along with refrigerated trailers will play a significant role in achieving its science-based climate goal to electrify 35 percent of its U.S. fleet by 2030.
DTNA engineers, manufactures and sells zero-emission trucks that provide efficient, reliable transportation solutions for fleet companies while benefiting the environment. The company has recently unveiled its all-electric Freightliner eCascadia at the ACT Expo. The Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems comes standard with the eCascadia to benefit fleets, drivers and fellow motorists with enhanced on-road safety.
“At Daimler Truck North America, we are proud to enter into a new era of sustainable, safe and efficient commercial transportation with our friends at Sysco,” said David Carson, SVP of sales and marketing. “Industry transformation requires leadership and collaboration, and a shared vision for the future of the supply chain. Together, we are sustaining our mutual momentum toward a brighter future for us all.”
For more information about Sysco’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, including Sysco’s 2021 CSR Report, visit sysco.com/csr2021report.