Drivers in Canada will soon be seeing a new fleet hit the road via Loblaw Companies. The retail chain recently doubled the size of its zero-emission semi-truck fleet, deploying 10 new battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 trucks across Vancouver.
“This achievement aligns perfectly with our commitment to environmental sustainability and represents a substantial step forward in our ongoing efforts to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Wayne Scott, Senior Director of Transport Maintenance, in a LinkedIn post. “The addition of these electric trucks is a testament to our dedication to clean energy and responsible corporate citizenship. We firmly believe that this investment will not only benefit our company but also contribute positively to the environment and the communities we serve.”
The new Freightliner eCascadia electric semi-trucks were delivered to Loblaw in late December, according to reporting from Electrek, and they are now in full operation throughout Vancouver and British Columbia.
Loblaw’s 10 new electric semis will join the original four that began service last April in the greater Montreal area, enlarging the eCascadia fleet to 14. The retailer says it has an additional 25 Tesla Semi trucks on order, which will further the company’s goal of transitioning to a fully zero-emission transport fleet by 2030.
The company’s four electric trucks have been making short-haul deliveries from a distribution center to more than 200 Loblaw stores, traveling approximately 230 miles per charge while hauling up to 70,500 lbs.
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