Coke Canada Bottling acquired six Volvo VNR Electric trucks—a pilot program to service its iconic ‘red fleet’ customer delivery routes in the Greater Montreal Area. The vehicles are rolling out throughout 2023 as part of the company’s Toward a Better Future Together environmental sustainability action plan. The electric trucks will contribute to the company’s goal of reducing carbon emissions from direct sources and supplied energy by more than 46% by 2030.
“Coke Canada Bottling is taking action on fuel efficiencies in their fleet through electrification and the usage of alternative fuel sources. It currently has several light-duty electric service vehicles in the Greater Montreal Area and uses B20 biofuels on all trucks newer than 2012. To date, these initiatives have led to a savings of more than 1500 tonnes of C02,” says president and COO Stephen du Toit.
On April 13, Volvo Trucks hosted a demo day at Coke Canada Bottling’s Montreal distribution centre. Delivery drivers had a chance to test drive the new battery-electric trucks. The battery-electric fleet features a six-battery configuration that can cover up to 440 km on a single charge, as the trucks make several daily round trips of 150 km from the company’s distribution centre in Montreal to customer locations.