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United Natural Foods, Inc. Deploys Zero-Emission Refrigerated Delivery System at West Sacramento Distribution Center; Nick Selders and Patrick Watt Comment

United Natural Foods, Inc. Deploys Zero-Emission Refrigerated Delivery System at West Sacramento Distribution Center; Nick Selders and Patrick Watt Comment


PROVIDENCE, RI
Tuesday, October 17th, 2023

More power is being deployed throughout California regions as United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) announced it is employing two battery-electric semi-trucks and five regenerative electric refrigerated trailer systems. UNFI is deploying the trucks and trailers in the Sacramento and Gilroy markets, just in time for the peak holiday selling season.

Nick Selders, Vice President of Transportation, United Natural Foods, Inc.“The introduction of these efficient electric trucks and refrigerated trailers is a huge step forward, not only toward lowering our delivery costs-per-mile and achieving our own clean transportation goals, but also in helping UNFI achieve California’s ambitious goals on the adoption of zero-emission vehicles,” said Nick Selders, Vice President of Transportation at UNFI. “Implementing this zero-emission delivery solution will enable us [to] become more cost-efficient and prevent hundreds of metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere per year.”

UNFI worked with Penske Truck Leasing to secure two, class-8 electric trucks, which include the Freightliner eCascadia, and the Volvo VNR Electric models. Both vehicles are well-equipped for safety and driver comfort and include air-ride seats, air suspension, easy charging, and ample battery range and torque to meet UNFI’s typical freight hauling and delivery needs.

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) announced it is employing two battery-electric semi-trucks and five regenerative electric refrigerated trailer systems in California

UNFI will combine these trucks with refrigerated trailers cooled by Carrier’s Vector™ eCool™ transport refrigeration unit (TRU). The all-electric Vector eCool uses power generated by ConMet eMobility’s nMotion™ TR 160-45, an in-wheel electric motor application that repurposes energy captured during coasting and braking. As noted in the release, the combination of clean, regenerated energy and Carrier’s powerful Vector unit will help UNFI keep customers’ deliveries cold mile after mile while creating zero emissions.

Patrick Watt, Vice President, Alternative Vehicle and Emerging Technology, Penske Truck Leasing“We’re pleased to collaborate with innovative customers like UNFI as they implement their fleet electrification initiatives and advance their sustainability commitments,” said Patrick Watt, Vice President, Alternative Vehicle and Emerging Technology at Penske Truck Leasing. “We were able to accelerate this project with funding through California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). The availability of HVIP funding is important as it helps fleets offset a portion of the incremental costs of implementing new, commercial electric vehicle technologies.”

Learn more about the release here.

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