Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling (RCCB) is one of the largest bottlers and distributors of Coca-Cola products in the West Coast and Midwest regions of the United States. With a fleet of over 1,000 trucks, RCCB delivers refreshing beverages to millions of customers daily. But RCCB is not just a successful business and it's also a responsible one. RCCB aims to reduce its carbon emissions in its operations by 30% by 2030, and it's taking concrete steps to achieve it.
One of the most significant steps RCCB has taken is to add 20 zero-emission, battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 tractors to its Downey, California, site. These electric vehicles are the first of their kind to join RCCB's fleet, and they represent a major milestone in promoting sustainable transportation. RCCB is one of the first customers to receive the eCascadias, which are manufactured by Daimler Truck North America (DTNA), the leading commercial vehicle manufacturer in North America.
What are the benefits of the eCascadias?
The Freightliner eCascadia are designed to meet the high-performance and reliability standards of RCCB's delivery operations while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs. The Freightliner eCascadia has a range of up to 250 miles on a single charge and can haul up to 80,000 pounds of cargo. They are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which can be recharged in about 90 minutes using fast-charging stations. The eCascadias also have advanced features such as regenerative braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and collision mitigation systems, which enhance heavy-duty truck safety and heavy-duty truck efficiency.
According to DTNA, the 20 eCascadias are expected to reduce the use of 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year, which translates to a saving of about $120,000 based on the current average diesel price of $3 per gallon. Moreover, the Freightliner eCascadia will eliminate about 440 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, equivalent to removing 95 passenger cars from the road.