Grocery deliveries are about to get a green makeover as an Australian supermarket chain recently revealed its plans to decommission 3000 diesel trucks and replace them with more than 1200 EVs by 2030.
As part of this commitment, the company is expected to put 25 new Foton T5 EV trucks on the road in Sydney this week jumpstarting the electrification of its home delivery fleet.
Suburbs including Sutherland, St George, and the inner west are slated to be the test areas. The trucks will operate out of warehouses in Mascot and Caringbah.
Manufactured by SAIC and Foton Motor, the trucks will feature new technology that refrigerates products with power drawn from the vehicle’s battery.
“Our home delivery trucks are a familiar sight in neighbourhoods across Australia and within the next seven years, we want to make every one of them electric and free of fossil fuels,” said Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci in a statement.
“We’re proud to be putting 27 new EVs on the road in the coming weeks – in one of the many ways we’re working to make grocery shopping greener.
Meanwhile, Foton Mobility Distribution CEO Neil Wang said that the company was proud to be associated with such an iconic Australian brand, and to be able to partner with other proven Australian companies such as QTRS, TRS and NTI to deliver first class outcomes for both Woolworths and its customers.
Data from the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) reveal that freight and logistics transport sector contribute 38 percent of Australia’s transport emissions
Back in May, the EVC, Australian Trucking Association, Heavy Vehicle Industry Association and the Australian Hydrogen Council jointly called the federal government to urgently introduce a National Zero Emission Truck Strategy.
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