Volvo Trucks North America customer Coke Canada Bottling Limited (Coke Canada Bottling) has unveiled its first Volvo VNR Electric trucks. The trucks are part of a six-truck pilot of electric vehicles to service the bottler’s Red Fleet customer delivery routes throughout the Greater Montreal Area. Coke Canada Bottling was the first Canadian food and beverage manufacturer to announce the adoption of electric Class 8 trucks into its fleet.
Coke Canada Bottling’s Volvo VNR Electric trucks feature a six-battery configuration that can cover up to 440 km (275 miles) on a single charge as the trucks make several daily round trips of 150 km (93 miles) from the beverage company’s distribution center in Montreal to customer locations throughout the region.
Coke Canada Bottling also installed three 150 kW DC chargers with nine dispensers at its Montreal Distribution Center to support drive-through charging for the Volvo VNR Electric trucks. The trucks have a battery capacity of 565 kWh and can obtain an 80 percent charge in just 90 minutes.
As part of Coke Canada Bottling’s Toward a Better Future Together environmental sustainability action plan, the Volvo VNR Electric trucks are contributing to the company’s goal of reducing carbon emissions from direct sources and supplied energy by 46.2% by 2030. In addition to the deployment of the zero-tailpipe emission, Volvo VNR Electric trucks, Coke Canada Bottling is adopting other fuel efficiencies in their fleet through electrification of light-duty service vehicles and the use of alternative fuel sources.
The Volvo VNR Electric trucks will be supported by their local Volvo Trucks Certified Electric Vehicle dealership. This certification includes robust sales and service training for all the dealership’s staff to provide comprehensive support throughout a customer’s electromobility journey, including securing incentive funding to reduce the cost of the battery-electric trucks.
Coke Canada Bottling utilized the federal and provincial incentives Écocamionnage and the Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles (iMHZEV) Program funding to offset the cost of the six Volvo VNR Electric trucks.
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