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Food service distribution provider Sysco Corp. announced it is testing in California an all-electric Freightliner eCascadia from Daimler Trucks North America.

Sysco reported it intends to power more of its tractor fleet with alternative fuels, and said deployment of electric trucks will play a significant role in achieving that objective.

Sysco Corp. ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America.

“Collaborating with manufacturers to develop new truck models that can meet the specialized requirements of food delivery is a vital step toward significantly reducing our impact on the planet,” Neil Russell, Sysco’s vice president of corporate affairs, said in a release.

The company will run the heavy-duty eCascadia in daily operations from its San Francisco operating site through January 2021. It will provide data and feedback from its testing to Freightliner to help it improve on future vehicle design.

“It’s critical that we collaborate with customers across multiple segments to further our understanding of how commercial battery-electric trucks will be part of a long-term solution in CO2-neutral transportation,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president of on-highway sales and marketing for DTNA. — Transport Topics

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