Volvo and Coca-Cola Canada’s recent partnership is a sign of growing competition in the electric semi truck market. To celebrate its fifth anniversary and highlight its “Toward a Better Future Together” environmental sustainability plan, Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited has launched its first fleet of Volvo VNR Electric trucks. These six cutting-edge vehicles will be used to service the “Red Fleet” customer delivery routes in the Greater Montreal Area.
Coca-Cola Canada Bottling is the first food and beverage manufacturer in Canada to adopt electric Class 8 trucks in its fleet. These trucks have six batteries that allow them to go up to 440 km (275 miles) on one charge. These trucks make several round trips of 150 km (93 miles) every day, going from the distribution center in Montreal to different customer locations in the area.
To make it easier for drive-through charging, we’ve set up three 150 kW DC chargers with nine dispensers at the Montreal Distribution Center. These trucks have a battery capacity of 565 kWh, so they can get an 80% charge in just 90 minutes. That means they’ll be all set for another run in no time.
In addition to deploying zero-emission Volvo VNR Electric trucks, Coca-Cola Canada Bottling is also implementing other fuel efficiency measures, such as electrifying light-duty service vehicles and using alternative fuel sources. These initiatives not only improve environmental sustainability, but also contribute to overall operational efficiency.
Reference-Volvo Online Newsroom, Inside EVs, Food Manufacturing, Globe Newswire, Electrive