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5 years since 25,000th Schneider Freightliner truck: then and now

Side view of Schneider's 25,000th Freightliner truck with "Schneider National est. 1935 25,000th Schnieder Freightliner Built to last" decals

Five years ago, Schneider celebrated the delivery of our 25,000th Freightliner tractor. While certainly worthy of a celebration, it’s amazing to think how many more we’ve added to the fleet and how far trucks have come even since then.

A Special 5-Year Anniversary

It was five years ago this week, on Oct. 15, 2013, when executives from Freightliner Trucks, a division of Daimler Trucks North America, visited Schneider’s Corporate Business Center to personally deliver our 25,000th tractor. That occasion also marked a 15-year relationship with Freightliner, dating back to 1998.

25,000 Was Just the Beginning

Today, we are proud to celebrate 20 years with Freightliner, and we’ve since added over 11,000 more Freightliner trucks to our fleet. That means more new trucks, more frequently.

In fact, we’re in the midst of a stretch as this is published in which we’re adding 460 new trucks to the fleet in just the next four weeks!

How Far Trucks Have Come in Just 5 Years

2014 Freighter and 2019 Freightliner truck spec comparison

When many people think of semi-trucks, they think of old-school, long-nosed tractors like those in “Smokey and the Bandit.” But they’ve come a long way since then.

Drivers probably take power steering and air conditioning for granted now, but you may be shocked at how much innovation has taken place just in the last five years.

We thought it’d be interesting to compare the 25,000th Schneider Freightliner specification from five years ago to Schneider’s new standard truck spec we’re bringing in right now:

2014 Freightliner Cascadia (25,000th Schneider Freightliner)2019 Freightliner New P4 Cascadia (Today’s standard Schneider spec)
No Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)Thermo King TriPac Evo APU
No refrigeratorInstalled refrigerator
Spring mattressMemory foam mattress
No power inverterTrue sine wave A/C power inverter
No forward-facing cameraForward-facing camera (no audio)
No lane guidance systemLane guidance system
Just-released Detroit DT12 automated transmission — 0 percent of fleetRefined Detroit DT12 automated transmission — over 2/3 of fleet
Collision mitigation, adaptive cruise controlCollision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and active brake assist
Roll Stability ControlElectronic Stability Control
1,550 pound-feet of torque1,750 pound-feet of torque
2.47 rear axle ratio2.28 rear axle ratio
Manual fifth wheel releaseAir release fifth wheel controls from cab
No satellite radio antennaInstalled satellite radio antenna
AM/FM radioAM/FM radio plus MP3/USB port
1 dash-mounted power outlet3 dash-mounted power outlets
TV antennaTV antenna and flat screen TV mount

Take a closer look at Schneider’s 2018 truck spec (2019 Freightliners) with more photos.

We’re continually innovating and working with our Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), like Freightliner, to come up with a driver-friendly truck spec. It’s just part of Schneider’s long-term driver experience initiative.

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About the author
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Jake VandeLoo is vice president of equipment engineering at Schneider. He joined Schneider in 2004 as a maintenance team leader. In 2006, he moved into the role of engineering manager, providing purchasing support for several divisions, before progressing to roles as director of refrigerated maintenance (2011) and regional maintenance director (2014) and finally his current role (2016). Prior to joining Schneider, VandeLoo worked as an ASE Master Technician in a dealership setting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

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