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Loblaw Companies commits to fully electrifying its corporate fleet by 2030


Loblaw Companies Limited has committed to reducing its overall corporate emissions by 50 per cent ahead of schedule, and part of this commitment is to fully electrify its corporate-owned fleet by 2030. 

Earlier this year, Loblaw took the first step to move its corporately-owned trucking fleet to electric vehicles, beginning with Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia to routes in British Columbia. Loblaw has placed an initial order for vehicles to be delivered in 2022/2023.

Loblaw utilized the CX fleet eCascadia in its inaugural test run this past summer between a south Surrey distribution centre and a store in Squamish, B.C. Typical routes the eCascadia runs include distances between 160km to 250 km, primarily hauling grocery and other retail products from the company’s distribution center to stores. Data generated from the daily operations will help inform the continual development of electric vehicles, according to Wayne Scott, the senior director of transport maintenance at Loblaw. Scott adds that the electrification of the fleet is just one part of Loblaw’s commitment to reducing emissions and its carbon footprint overall. He points to other initiatives such as the adoption of solar-powered technology used across Loblaw distribution centres, stores; and the corporate fleet’s reefer trucks and sleeper cabs that are also employing solar power. 

“We know that as we look at the magnitude of our fleet, which is used to transport goods across North America, there are significant opportunities to realize efficiencies. When we started down the path of electrification back in 2017, we realized that by replacing diesel across our fleet with fully renewable electric power, we could reduce more than 94,000 tonnes of C02 emissions per year, the equivalent of removing more than 20,000 cars from the road. Our team continues to look globally at alternatives and work with vendors, partners and new suppliers to bring technological advances to our supply chain and we are proud to lead our industry in this effort,” says CAO, Rob Wiebe.

In January 2020, Loblaw participated in a demonstration of the eCascadia, loaded to 80,000 pounds of gross weight. Overall impressions were positive, and leadership saw the immediate potential for electric vehicle usage in operations. One in five Loblaw trips run about 150 km from a distribution center, which easily fits within the production eCascadia’s planned 400 km range capability.

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