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
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 refrigerator||Installed refrigerator|
|Spring mattress||Memory foam mattress|
|No power inverter||True sine wave A/C power inverter|
|No forward-facing camera||Forward-facing camera (no audio)|
|No lane guidance system||Lane guidance system|
|Just-released Detroit DT12 automated transmission — 0 percent of fleet||Refined Detroit DT12 automated transmission — over 2/3 of fleet|
|Collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control||Collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and active brake assist|
|Roll Stability Control||Electronic Stability Control|
|1,550 pound-feet of torque||1,750 pound-feet of torque|
|2.47 rear axle ratio||2.28 rear axle ratio|
|Manual fifth wheel release||Air release fifth wheel controls from cab|
|No satellite radio antenna||Installed satellite radio antenna|
|AM/FM radio||AM/FM radio plus MP3/USB port|
|1 dash-mounted power outlet||3 dash-mounted power outlets|
|TV antenna||TV 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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