Loblaw Companies Limited is moving forward with plans to electrify its fleet by introducing Daimler Trucks North America battery electric Freightliner eCascadia to routes in B.C. The grocer has ordered five vehicles slated for delivery in 2022-2023.
Loblaw first trialed the eCascadia in early 2020 as part of Freightliner's Customer Experience (CX) fleet.
Loblaw will continue to use the CX fleet eCascadia for the next three months in and around the South Surrey, B.C. area. Typical routes the eCascadia runs include distances between 160km to 250km, 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.
"With approximately 10,000 deliveries to and from our stores each week, we understand the impact our fleet has on the environment. We know that through our own actions, we can play a critical role in helping Canada reach its carbon reduction targets," says Brian Springer, vice president, transport operations, Loblaw Companies Limited. “Over the past few years, we have worked closely with our partners to reach our goal of fully electrifying our corporate fleet by 2030. Our partnership with the Daimler Trucks North America’s eMobility group is an important piece in that overall commitment."
In January of 2020, Loblaw participated in a demonstration of the eCascadia, loaded to 80,000 pounds of gross weight. Overall impressions were positive, and leadership saw 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.