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Kruger Energy improves sustainable transport capabilities with new all-electric trucks

The two all-electric class 8 vehicles will operate 24/7 to carry goods between Kruger facilities in Québec.

September 16, 2021  by CM Staff

Camion model 579EV (CNW Group/Kruger Energy)

Montreal-based renewable energy developer Kruger Energy L.P. has just acquired two semi-trailer trucks that it says will be among the first all-electric class 8 vehicles to hit the road in Canada.

By the end of this year, the new trucks will operate 24/7 to carry goods between Kruger facilities in Québec.

The two Peterbilt Model 579EV trucks will reduce 380 tons of CO2 per year, Kruger said in a news release, which is equivalent to removing about 90 passenger cars from our roads. “In addition to the positive impact on air quality, these zero-emission trucks will also help reduce noise pollution thanks to their quiet all-electric powertrain,” company officials said.

Truck maintenance will be carried out by partner dealer Camions Excellence Peterbilt.

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This project is a first for Kruger, which specializes in the development, construction and management of renewable energy power plants in Canada and the U.S. In recent years, the company has expanded its expertise from hydroelectric, wind and solar power to energy storage and now sustainable transportation. Kruger officials say the company plans to collect data from the electric truck batteries to further expand its expertise in energy storage which is critical to renewable energy development.

“The electrification of transportation is a natural extension of our capabilities at Kruger Energy and is consistent with our mission to develop renewable energy solutions that are beneficial to the environment and to our communities,” said Jean Roy, Kruger COO. “This is an exciting first step as we continue to explore opportunities to expand our fleet of alternatively fueled vehicles, and also to advise other companies that are ready to take the leap toward zero-emission transportation.”