November 24, 2017
Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it is among the first purchasers of Tesla’s new electric truck.
Canada’s largest supermarket chain (TSX:L) says it has pre-ordered 25 of the vehicles called the Tesla Semi.
“It’s part of our commitment to electrify our fleet,” spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said.
Earlier this month, Loblaw committed to have a fully electric fleet as part of the company’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 2030.
That would involve adding 350 zero-emission vehicles and more than 2,500 trailers to the fleet.
The Ontario-based grocer said removing diesel from its transport trucks and refrigerated trailers could reduce more than 94,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of removing more than 20,000 cars from the road.
By 2030, Loblaw expects to have reduced emissions from electricity use by 35 per cent, transportation by 25 per cent, and refrigerants by 50 per cent.
First deliveries of the Tesla trucks are expected in 2019.
No price for the trucks was provided, but reservations for the Tesla Semi cost US$5,000 per truck.
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