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Electric Trucking Test Models

The First of the Daimler Electric Semi-Trucks are Ready for Testing

— August 21, 2019 — Autos
Daimler will soon begin to release its electric semi-trucks, with the first two being ready for delivery. However, these models will not be the final version, they will be used as a piece of the Innovation Fleet. On the other hand, the trucks will begin to be used in August, by two notable organizations which are Penske as well as NFI.

Daimler's semi-electric trucks are titled the eCascadia, and they have a range of approximately 250 miles. The Innovation Fleet is intending to gather more information on the truck, as some aspects are not quite known yet. For example, the battery life is not yet known by the company. Daimler is using the initial trucks to determine how ready the first-generation of trucks are, and what changes may need to be made.
Trend Themes
1. Electric Trucking - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Developing more efficient batteries and longer truck ranges for electric semi-trucks.
2. Innovation Fleet - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Collecting data and feedback to improve the first-generation electric semi-trucks.
3. First-generation Trucks - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Identifying and implementing necessary changes to the initial electric semi-truck models.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Advancing technology and infrastructure for the mass adoption of electric semi-trucks.
2. Logistics - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Developing new logistical strategies and services to accommodate electric semi-trucks.
3. Battery Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Revolutionizing battery technology to improve performance and range for electric semi-trucks.
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