Coles trialling electric truck – MHD

Coles says it is using an electric-powered truck provided by transport partner Linfox Logistics under a trial to deliver stock to its New South Wales stores.

The grocery company notes the Fuso eCanter truck is powered entirely by 100 per cent renewable electricity and will avoid producing more than 60 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions annually.

It is using the vehicle to deliver groceries from its Eastern Creek DC in Sydney’s west to several Coles and Coles Local supermarkets across NSW.

David Clark, Head of Transport Safety & Sustainability – Supply Chain, says the electric truck trial is a significant step in Coles’ Sustainability Strategy, and that it demonstrates how Coles could reduce its carbon footprint by cooperating with its transport partners.

“Coles’ first electric truck is a big step to introducing alternate fuel technologies to our supply chain, and we are excited about the opportunity to see more electric vehicles delivering groceries to our distribution centres and supermarkets in the future,” David says.

“By working with Linfox, we have considered the sustainability of the truck, from its carbon footprint when operating, to the end-of-lifecycle impacts on the environment,” he adds.

He notes Coles looked for supplier partners whose sustainability values aligned with its own, and says Linfox is a natural fit for the electric truck project.

Coles says its customers with electric vehicles can also enjoy the benefits and convenience of charging their cars while they shop at some of its supermarkets and Coles Express sites.

It adds that this is possible because it has installed electric-charging stations at 12 of its supermarkets, and an additional two at its Coles Express sites.

“Working in partnership with a trusted Australian retailer such as Coles, that connects customers with products from thousands of farmers and suppliers, is where the switch to electric vehicles can make the biggest difference,” Peter Fox, Linfox Logistics Executive Chairman, says.

Coles notes via its Together to Zero strategy, it is committed to creating a greener future for successive generations by reducing greenhouse gases and aiming to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 through sourcing 100 per cent renewable electricity by the end of Financial Year 2025.

“We are proud to be working with Linfox Logistics to deliver Coles’ first electric truck,” David says.

“We are excited to see how electric truck technology evolves and are eager to continue working with Linfox to discover ways to reduce emissions in our supply chain through alternate fuel technologies,” he adds.

“We will continue to work tirelessly toward our Together to Zero sustainability ambitions, with hopes to one day introduce electric vehicles to support home delivery, as customers look to live and shop sustainably.”

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