VANCOUVER—Canadian grocery giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. wants to keep shelves stocked at stores across the country using fully-electric or hybrid big rigs.
In Vancouver last week, the company unveiled its first electric heavy hauler—a Class 8 truck capable of moving tens of thousands of pounds of merchandise using just electric batteries.
Loblaw said the new 53-foot truck is the first step in its effort to slash diesel emissions across its sprawling supply chain by converting its fleet to fully-electric or hybrid trucks.
“As one of Canada’s largest energy users, given the size and scope of our retail network and supply chain, we know we have a critical role to play in helping Canada reach its carbon reduction targets,” said Rob Wiebe, Loblaw’s executive vice-president of Supply Chain.
Built by Chinese vehicle maker BYD, the electric truck will pull a hybrid refrigerated trailer.
According to BYD, its Class 8 vehicle has a gross combination weight rating of 120,000 pounds (approximately 54,000 kilograms) and can travel 92 miles (148 kilometres) on a single charge.
Loblaw said it plans to roll out the new electric vehicle and refrigeration technology on a wider scale in the coming years. The company has committed to trimming its transportation-related emissions by 25 per cent by 2030.