Tags Freightliner Electric Cars Car Industry Trucks More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door Comments Check out the Level 2 Freightliner Cascadia big rig at CES 2019 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations Now playing: Watch this: 22 Photos 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 3 The first self-driving big-rig hits the road in Nevada 1:53 More From Roadshow Look for the first ones in Southern California Daimler First came the electric Freightliner box truck, and now we have the semi truck. Daimler said on Monday it’s built the very first eCascadia semi trucks and they’re on their way to the first lucky customers in the US.If the eCascadia looks and sounds familiar, that’s because it’s based on Freightliner’s normal Cascadia semi. Rather than its internal-combustion engine, there’s a battery-electric powertrain with a 550-kWh battery pack. Daimler has previously said the electric powertrain makes 730 horsepower and is good enough for 250 miles of range. Plug the big semi into the right connector and 80% of the battery’s capacity returns in 90 minutes.The electric semi isn’t exactly going into production just yet, however. Instead, the first eCascadias will be part of a “Freightliner Innovation Fleet” before the truck enters series production in late 2021. Penske and NFI are the two companies that will add the electric semi to their ranks first.Penske also took delivery of one of the first eM2 box trucks, the other electric truck from Daimler’s Freightliner division. Each of the eCascadias will operate in Southern California by the end of the year. Freightliner said it will deliver additional eCascadias to customers throughout this year.Effectively, Daimler has beaten Tesla to the electric semi market. The Silicon Valley-based automaker has promised the Tesla Semi will enter production soon, but so far, it hasn’t. Instead, the Semi has been used to deliver other Tesla vehicles and haul between the Gigafactory and various places.Yet, Daimler has spread its electric truck portfolio out. Not only does it have the eCascadia and the eM2, the automaker also showed off the Fuso eCanter and even an electric school bus.
SpiceJet is facing a different sort of turbulence, with the aircraft lessors wanting to take back 15 of the 20 Boeing planes, still being operated by the cash-strapped airline. ReutersThe lessors have asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to deregister the aircraft, as they want to repossess the planes. However, sources say that Ajay Singh-led new management is in talks with the lessors and a solution is expected to be found soon.BOA Aviation, who have leased three Boeings to the airline, fear a repeat of Kingfisher Airlines, which may prevent them from taking back the aircraft.In the last few months, SpiceJet has turned in 20 aircraft on its own, after being unable to continue with the lease payments. If the lessors take back the aircraft, it would significantly impact SpiceJet’s ability to continue operating, an official at the DGCA told The EconomicTimes.The previous owners of the airlines, the Maran-owned Sun Group, have not been communicative, which has forced the new management to share the funding plans and convince the lessors for additional time.SpiceJet shares closed the day at 21.10, down by 1.90 or 8.26%.