Loblaw electric truck

Left to right: Bob Chant, senior vice president, corporate affairs, Loblaw Companies Ltd.; Colin Holloway, Newfoundland and Labrador's Parliamentary Secretary for Municpal Affairs and Environment; Isabelle Melancon, Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change; Gregor Robertson, mayor of Vancouver; Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Environment and Climage Change; Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Minister of Environment; Brian Springer, vice president, Loblaw Companies Ltd.; Ian Rankin, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment; Ted Dowling, regional vice president, BYD; Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment. Image: CNW Group/Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Loblaw recently unveiled a 53-foot fully electric Class 8 truck, capable of making commercial grocery deliveries with zero carbon emissions.

The first-of-its-kind truck and hybrid refrigerated trailer uses technology that will be expanded to Loblaw’s corporately-owned trucking fleet in the coming years as the company moves to electric vehicles.

The truck was manufactured by BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and a global leader in battery electric trucks and buses.

"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, executive vice president, supply chain, Loblaw Companies Limited. "We are committed to leading responsibly in this area, working with our partners like BYD for sustainable solutions to help our company, and our country, meet those goals."

Removing diesel from transport trucks and refrigerated trailers could reduce more than 94,000 tonnes of C02 emissions per year, the equivalent of removing more than 20,000 cars from the road.

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