Atlanta, Georgia – Coca-Cola has announced it will deploy the largest fleet of hybrid electric delivery trucks in North America, including vehicles in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. The soft-drink company plans to deploy 185 hybrid electric trucks across Canada and the U.S. in 2009, bringing the total number to 327 hybrid vehicles.
“Coca-Cola Enterprises has long been responsive to the needs of our local communities, and the continued expansion of our hybrid electric fleet here in our hometown of Atlanta and across North America demonstrates our commitment to energy efficiency and climate change,” said John Brock, chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). “With the deployment of our new, larger hybrid delivery vehicles, CCE is continuing to explore ways to help our customers and communities through our corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts.”
In conjunction with the delivery trucks, CCE is focusing on developing recycling solutions, and the installation of water-saving technology and energy-efficient lighting in its facilities.
The company currently has 142 hybrid electric delivery vehicles in operation, the majority of which are 12-bay box trucks. The company has now launched a new, larger hybrid electric tractor, the standard bulk delivery truck it uses for large deliveries. The hybrid tractor uses about 30 per cent less fuel and produces about 30 per cent fewer emissions than standard tractors. The trucks, which use technology from Eaton Corporation, Kenworth Corporation and Cummins Engines, can run on electricity at speeds below 48 km/h.
Some of the current 142 hybrid trucks are already in use in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as in nine U.S. cities. In 2009, the larger hybrid tractors will also be used in Toronto and Vancouver, along with 14 U.S. cities. The 12-bay hybrid trucks will be adopted in Montreal and in four U.S. cities in 2009.