The company, already operating four of the trucks, has further ordered 25 Tesla Semis, solidifying its commitment to electrifying its transportation operations.
The expansion sees Loblaws bolstering its electric truck fleet with the deployment of ten new Freightliner eCascadia Class 8 trucks in Vancouver. These trucks will join the existing four electric trucks that have been in operation since April, serving the Greater Montreal Area. With this addition, Loblaws' operational eCascadia fleet now stands at 14 trucks.
The move towards electrification aligns with Loblaws' long-term goal of transitioning its entire fleet to electric vehicles by 2030. Wayne Scott, senior director of maintenance at Loblaws, expressed the company's commitment to clean energy and responsible corporate citizenship, stating, “The addition of these electric trucks is a testament to our dedication to clean energy and responsible corporate citizenship.”
Orders for the eCascadia trucks have seen a recent surge, with two significant orders placed this year alone. Estes ordered 12 of the vehicles at the end of January, while Schneider Electric deployed 50 electric trucks earlier in the year. In December, another customer in British Columbia deployed several Freightliner electric trucks in partnership with Walmart.