Freightliner // ELECTRIC


Introducing the electric semi truck that keeps charging simple, roads safe, drivers comfortable and the world moving: the all-electric, zero-emissions Freightliner® eCascadia®.

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155, 220 or 230



0% to 80%

in ~90 minutes


A Proven Design, Electrified

Superior performance. Exceptional driver comfort. Smart, automated safety systems. The Freightliner eCascadia electric semi truck brings it all together in a design that's built on the proven, aerodynamic Cascadia platform – and ready for any short-haul route. It’s a truck that’s built to move forward. And pull an entire industry along with it.





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Innovation Inside:
The Detroit

The zero-emissions future is clear. In fact, it’s already in motion. The all-electric Freightliner eCascadia is ready to move the world toward cleaner, quieter and more efficient operations ­– and help you meet your sustainability goals along the way.

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Seamless Integration. Maximum Efficiency.

Designed for the Freightliner® eM2 and eCascadia, the all-electric Detroit® ePowertrain™ provides the ultimate in power, efficiency and dependability. With maximum torque to get loads moving and quick, smooth acceleration, the Detroit ePowertrain is ready to move your fleet forward.

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Sleek Form. Powerful Function.

The eCascadia has the same efficient shape as the truck that inspired it: the Cascadia. With a stylish new grille, two aerodynamic packages, and LED lighting, it's ready to deliver.

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Comfort That Goes Further

Safe, comfortable drivers are an essential part of an efficient fleet. That's why the eCascadia is built with the latest in-cab innovations to promote driver retention and help your fleet run smarter.

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The 18-wheel Corner Office

From the dash to the instrument cluster, the eCascadia is designed to enhance driver comfort and maximize safety. Interior features include:

  • Quick, smooth acceleration for an easier driving experience
  • Ergonomic seats that provide a comfortable ride and reduce driver fatigue
  • Noise-reduction technology for a quieter cab environment
  • A modern, two-screen digital dash that comes standard on the eCascadia
  • A standard tilt and telescoping steering wheel with multi-function controls for easier operation
  • Fully customizable, LED-backlit switches that ease truck operation and help drivers in low-light situations


Making Your Electric Fleet Possible

Expert knowledge to get you started, plus intelligent charging technology and a fast, dependable service network to keep you going. With the eCascadia, you get so much more than a semi electric truck – you get an electric roadmap, copilot and pit crew.

Detroit® eConsulting Services

Our dedicated Detroit® eConsulting support team has the knowledge and expertise you need to navigate the world of EV rebates, infrastructure, route planning and more.

Detroit® eFill Chargers

Detroit eFill chargers provide the durability, power and ease-of-use that you need for maximum productivity. It's all part of an integrated charging system that makes powering your commercial fleet simple and efficient.

#1 Dealer Network

With the largest dealer network in North America, 10 distribution centers and a parts delivery service with an average 12-hour delivery time on 90% of orders, Freightliner is ready to support your electric truck fleet.

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Advanced Safety
Comes Standard

Freightliner has pioneered the most innovative safety system for Class 8 trucks, powered by Detroit Assurance®. With the eCascadia, safe driving and more uptime comes standard.

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Smarter Trucks Lead to Smarter Business

The eCascadia offers Detroit Assurance® features like Side Guard Assist (SGA), an industry-first technology that automatically warns drivers to prevent them from making a right turn into a moving cyclist or pedestrian. With SGA, drivers can count on the latest automated safety technology to keep their wheels rolling safely through any urban environment.


Intelligent Charging. Powerful Data.

Running an electric fleet takes more than the right charging equipment. It requires the right data, and smart tools to help you use it. With Detroit Connect®, you have everything you need at your fingertips to create a safe, efficient and productive electric fleet.

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Automate and Optimize Charging

Minimize energy costs by automatically managing charging and monitoring battery health for multiple vehicles.

Seamlessly Manage Operations

Plan and modify routes in real-time to accommodate traffic, weather and other unexpected conditions.

Simplify Driver Training

Create post-trip reports that coach drivers on how to maximize range and truck battery lifespan.

Push Safety Even Further

Detroit Connect safety features gather information from the Detroit Assurance Suite of Safety Systems to help your fleet operate more safely and efficiently.

Latest Updates

All You Need to Know
about Electric

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Charging Infrastructure: Bringing Power and Sense to a Complex Landscape

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Navigating The EV Incentive Landscape

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Detroit eFill: Powering Answers To Your EV Questions

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Staying Ahead Of The Curve

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eCascadia: Launched and Ready to Flip the Electric Switch

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eCascadia: 3 Ways That Next-level Safety Comes Standard

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State of Charge: 2021 Electric Trends and Milestones

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Planning Your Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

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Beyond The Batteries: How Electric Trucks Work

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Moving the Electric Needle: Smart Ways to Use Electric Trucks

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The Top 4 Business Reasons to Start Your EV Fleet

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What it’s like to Drive the eCascadia: 5 Most Surprising Features

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Frequently Asked Questions


Driving an electric semi

Can semi trucks be electric?

The electrification of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks is underway, marking a critical development in the transportation industry. The eCascadia battery-electric Class 8 tractor is already in operation by a number of North American fleets today, and this technology will become much more commonplace over the next several years. To get a quote, place a reservation, or learn more about Freightliner’s electric semi trucks, reach out to your local Freightliner dealer, today.

What is driving an electric semi like?

The eCascadia is whisper-quiet, produces no fumes or emissions, and provides a smooth ride with impressive acceleration. With 100% torque potential from 0 miles-per-hour, these vehicles also demonstrate exceptional hauling performance. Driving an eCascadia (or eM2) is comfortable and relaxing. Drivers often say they really appreciate the driving experience because it easier on their bodies.

What do drivers say about driving the electric semi?

With the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet and Customer Experience Fleet pilot programs, we learn more lessons every day about life on the road behind the wheel of electric trucks. A few perks that participating drivers have shared:

  • Improved torque and acceleration
  • Greatly reduced noise
  • Reduced vibration
  • No diesel fumes
  • Improved ease of use from incorporating regenerative braking
  • Stable turning, low center of gravity
  • Reduced driver fatigue
  • Simpler post and pre-trip inspection process
  • Cleaner working environment

Electric semi range

How far can the eCascadia battery go?

Driving range varies between the eCascadia’s two battery capacity offerings. The 438 kWh battery provides a typical driving range of 230 miles on the 4x2 configuration or 220 miles on the 6x4 configuration. The 291 kWh battery provides a typical range of 155 miles on the 4x2 configuration. These ranges assume a gradually diminishing load, consistent usage of regenerative braking, and starting routes on a full charge.

What is the range for the eCascadia semi?

The eCascadia has a typical range of 155, 220 or 230 on a full charge, depending on configuration.


Total cost of ownership

How much does energy cost for the electric semi?

Energy prices vary by region and also fluctuate on an hourly basis, depending on when the energy grid is experiencing increased demand. This means that the cost of energy is typically lower at night, so use cases that allow for overnight truck charging are ideal for maximizing fuel savings. Even after considering fluctuations in energy price, the cost-per-mile of running trucks on electricity is expected to be significantly lower than running on diesel fuel.

Do electric trucks have lower cost of ownership than diesel trucks?

Depending on the region of deployment, grants and incentives may be available to offset the higher initial purchase price of an electric truck, pushing it closer to parity with a comparable diesel truck. This, combined with lower fuel costs and reduced maintenance over the lifetime of the vehicle, can enable owners to achieve a Real Cost of Ownership advantage over operating comparable diesel models.


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What does the Freightliner electric semi cost?

The eCascadia is now available for reservations. Please reach out to your Freightliner dealer to receive a quote.

New technologies are always more expensive in the beginning. Currently the high voltage batteries are the largest single cost driver for the eCascadia and its purchase price will be higher than Freightliner products with a conventional powertrain. However, depending on where a customer is located, grants and incentives can help to bring the purchase price down, leading to a reduced Real Cost of Ownership over time, once lower maintenance and fuel costs are considered.


Electric semi truck specs

How far can the eCascadia battery go?

The eCascadia has a typical range of 155, 220 or 230 on a full charge, depending on configuration. 

How long does it take to fully charge the eCascadia battery?

Battery charging will vary depending on battery size and the power capability of the charging hardware. To best meet the need for “opportunity charging,” the eCascadia can charge from 0% to 80% in as little as 90 minutes.

What is the range for the eCascadia semi?

The eCascadia has a typical range of 155, 220 or 230 on a full charge, depending on configuration. 

How much payload can the electric semi haul?

The maximum Gross Combined Weight (GCW) for the eCascadia and trailer is 82,000 lbs. The approximate curb weight for the eCascadia is 16,350 (4x2 standard-range), 18,750 (4x2 long-range), or 21,800 (6x4).

What kinds of eAxles does the eCascadia have?

eCascadia will come equipped with the new 100% electric Detroit ePowertrain. It boasts instant torque with zero emissions and is available with a single-motor eAxle: 11,500 lb-ft.max torque, and a dual-motor eAxle: 23,000 lb.-ft max torque. For more information, go to: