One of the biggest grocery store chains in Canada is electrifying its truck fleet.
Loblaw Companies operates more than 2,000 stores in Canada, primarily under the Loblaws and Superstore brands, but also runs more than two dozen grocery brands across the country. The company made a commitment last Friday to electrify its fleet of trucks. That’s part of a goal to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was on hand for the announcement and hopped into the first of the new fleet of 53-foot fully electric delivery trucks.
McKenna talked about Canada’s commitment to meeting Paris Agreement climate goals, and the country’s own efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent under 2005 levels by 2020.
“We have a target. It’s not a target that the federal government has to meet. It’s a target we all have to meet as a country and we’re all part of it. The fact that Loblaws has stepped up… is a really great step. For everyone who is thinking about this, please do the same,” McKenna said.
The first electric delivery truck is a real big rig. A Class 8 truck with a gross combined weight rating (truck, trailer, and cargo) of up to 120,000 lbs.
The BYD T9 truck is all-electric powered. For now, it will be used primarily for local hauling. The 188 kilowatt hour battery gives a 92-mile range, but with a top speed of just 56 miles per hour. It uses two electric motors to produce 482 horsepower and 2,212 pound-feet of torque. The range keeps it operating close to home, not long-haul operations. It’s still a big step for the Canadian transport fleet.
BYD is better known for its electric transit buses but makes a series of electric big rigs as well as smaller yard tractors used to move trailers around a warehouse facility.
Loblaws Senior VP Bob Chant announced the commitment.
“We’re committed to be part of the solution. We’re not waiting to be told to do something,” Chant said.
Loblaws said that they will put more of the trucks into its fleet. It is also planning to lower emissions from electricity by 35 percent and from refrigerants by 50 percent.