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Simard Transport initiates electrification of its truck fleet with four eCascadia in collaboration with Globocam and Cleo

July 17, 2023
By Canadian Manufacturing

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Photo: Simard Transport.

LACHINE — Simard Transport, a transportation company established in Quebec and Canada since 1943, is adding four electric trucks to their current fleet.

Simard Transport has partnered with Cleo, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, to oversee the deployment of their charging infrastructure.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Simard Transport to offer our turnkey service and dynamic charging management through our smart platform,” said Jeff Desruisseaux, CEO of Cleo. “Cleo’s mission is to support fleet operators from all sectors in their successful transition to electrification. This collaboration will drive the transformation of heavy transportation toward a sustainable future.”

Cleo’s turnkey service also includes dynamic charging management through its smart platform. Developed in Quebec, the platform ensures reliable charging by remotely controlling charging stations and reduces electricity costs by managing power demand.

The four eCascadia trucks, manufactured by Freightliner, are the first to be delivered to a Quebec-based carrier by a Quebec dealer.

“GLOBOCAM supported Simard Transport throughout the decision-making process. We participated in technical and operational analyses to ensure the trucks meet their needs, provided training, and assisted them in the subsidy application process,” said Guillaume Chénard, VP of Sales at GLOBOCAM.

The project will include:

  • four eCascadia trucks equipped with a 438 kWh battery and a power equivalent to a 470 hp engine,
  • two Detroit eFill charging stations of 120 kW,
  • two ABB DC Wallbox charging stations of 24 kW,
  • one location – 1800, 46th Avenue, Lachine, Québec.

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