Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) will start using 30 electric trucks to make last mile deliveries to local customers in Belgium. The first five vehicles have started deliveries in the Antwerp area.
The drinks company is electrifying 20% of its truck fleet and creating Belgium’s largest fleet of electric vehicles thanks to a major deal with Renault Trucks. In addition, compared to diesel trucks, the company’s CO2 emissions will be reduced by 75%. “Our industry is facing difficulties that require rapid adaptation, but we are also firmly committed to maintaining a long-term approach. Investing in electric trucks will allow Coca-Cola Europacific Partners to cut CO2 emissions by 30% across the entire value chain by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2040,” says An Vermeulen, VP & Country Director of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners for Belgium and Luxembourg.
The first five Renault Trucks E-tech D and D Wide were delivered in November in the Antwerp area, with further trucks arriving in the following months at the Belgian production and distribution plants in Ghent and Chaudfontaine. “Most of our deliveries are very local, to supermarkets and businesses near our sites, with routes averaging 150 km per day,” explains An Vermeulen. “The transition to electric vehicles makes perfect sense, thanks to a total investment of around €7 million. This is one example of our efforts to take a long-term and sustainable approach at the local level in Belgium.”
Coca-Cola selected a design that allows Renault Truck’s electric trucks to go 200km per day, which is more than enough to cover 40% of CCEP’s existing local delivery routes. Each vehicle has an on-site charging station where the battery may be fully recharged overnight. These charging stations are fueled entirely by green energy generated on-site.