COLES IS TRIALLING AN ELECTRIC-POWERED TRUCK


The Coles supermarket organisation is using an electric-powered truck to deliver stock to New South Wales stores under
a trial being undertaken with transport partner Linfox Logistics.

The Fuso eCanter truck is powered entirely by 100 percent renewable electricity. It
delivers groceries from Coles’ Eastern Creek Distribution Centre in Sydney’s west to a
number of Coles and Coles Local supermarkets in New South Wales.

The electric truck, a first for Coles, will avoid more than 60 tonnes of carbon dioxide
equivalent emissions each year.

David Clark, the Head of Transport Safety & Sustainability – Supply Chain, said the
electric truck trial was a significant step in Coles’ Sustainability Strategy, and
demonstrated how Coles could win together with transport partners to reduce its carbon
footprint.

“Coles’ first electric truck is a big step to introducing alternate fuel technologies to our
supply chain, and we are excited about the opportunity to see more electric vehicles
delivering groceries to our distribution centres and supermarkets in the future,” Mr Clark
said.

“By working with Linfox, we have considered the sustainability of the truck, from its carbon
footprint when operating, to the end-of-lifecycle impacts on the environment.

“We are proud to be working with Linfox Logistics to deliver Coles’ first electric truck. We
are excited to see how electric truck technology evolves and are eager to continue working
with Linfox to discover ways to reduce emissions in our supply chain through alternate fuel
technologies.

“We will continue to work tirelessly toward our Together to Zero sustainability ambitions,
with hopes to one day introduce electric vehicles to support home delivery, as customers
look to live and shop sustainably.”

Linfox Logistics Executive Chairman Peter Fox said: “Working in partnership with a trusted
Australian retailer such as Coles, that connects customers with products from thousands
of farmers and suppliers, is where the switch to electric vehicles can make the biggest
difference.”

Coles customers with electric vehicles can charge their cars while they shop at some
Coles supermarket and Coles Express sites.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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