Electrada, Daimler partner for electric charging

An electric Class 8 truck drives down a road through a forest.

Electrada and Daimler Truck Financial Services announced a partnership to drive higher adoption of battery electric commercial vehicles. 

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The companies' solution will combine Daimler's battery electric vehicles with Electrada's 360 Charging-as-a-Service product. It will be available to selected U.S. customers in the first half of 2024. 

"This partnership and its subsequent development will accelerate the proliferation of EV fleets across the country," says Electrada CEO Kevin Kushman. "Daimler Truck Financial Services and Daimler Trucks North America are industry leaders and seek to remove barriers to electrification through collaborative solutions that provide a more seamless, reliable conversion strategy for their customers." 

Electrada's 360 Charging-as-a-Service is an end-to-end, technology agnostic approach that allows fleets to electrify intelligently, cost-effectively and in a customized way, the company says. It covers 100% of a fleet's EV charging infrastructure buildout, implementation, operation and maintenance costs across several years. 

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The agreement also aligns with DTNA's expanding electric vehicle lineup and overall corporate sustainability strategy. DTNA offers the Class 8 eCascadia, Class 6 EM2 and Class 5 MT50e. The Freightliner eM2 will begin production in late 2023. 

"This comprehensive collaboration supports Daimler's enterprise-wide commitment to electrification by matching an electric fuel program to every vehicle deployment, providing customers predictability to total cost of ownership and eliminating the complexity of transitioning to electricity as a fleet fuel," says Richard Howard, president of Daimler Truck Financial Services USA. "Our vehicles will be at the forefront of converting fleet programs to EVs, but there is a great deal more to this conversion than building vehicles -- those vehicles need to be powered by a robust charging program. This is where Electrada's expertise will greatly benefit our customers so they can concentrate on their core functions in the transportation of goods and people." 

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