Walmart Canada has taken a significant step in its sustainability initiatives by deploying its first three battery-electric Freightliner eCascadia semi-trucks in British Columbia.
These electric trucks will be operational from the retailer’s grocery distribution centre located in Surrey, which has been strategically designated as a hub for Walmart Canada’s alternatively powered vehicles.
The introduction of these electric semi-trucks aligns with Walmart’s commitment to reducing its Carbon footprint, with an estimated annual saving of over 100,000 litres of fuel. While Freightliner is entrusted with the task of providing electric trucks, Walmart has also explored electric transport solutions from other manufacturers, including Tesla, Nikola Motors, Canoo, and Ford, as part of its ongoing efforts to electrify its fleet.
Aaron Ritter, Director of Transportation at Walmart Canada, emphasised the significance of this milestone, stating, “Putting our first electric semi-trucks on the road in British Columbia is an important milestone in our regenerative efforts as we do our part to reduce Walmart Canada’s carbon footprint. The introduction of three electric semi-trucks at our Surrey distribution centre is just the first step towards our ambition of a 100% alternatively powered fleet, and we look forward to continuing our journey.”
Walmart’s commitment to incorporating electric vehicles into its transportation fleet reflects the broader industry trend toward sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the adoption of electric mobility solutions in the logistics sector.