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McDonald’s Canada adds electric vehicle to distribution fleet

McDonald’s Canada has added the first-ever electric vehicle to its distribution fleet. The vehicle will be used on a trial basis in the Montreal area, and also Brampton, Ont., later in 2022.
McDonald’s Canada has added the first-ever electric vehicle to its distribution fleet. The vehicle will be used on a trial basis in the Montreal area, and also Brampton, Ont., later in 2022.

McDonald’s Canada has announced the addition of the first-ever electric vehicle (EV) to its distribution fleet.

With its supply chain distribution partner, Martin Brower, McDonald’s Canada will trial the new Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 tractor for distribution to restaurants in the Montréal area.

The test of this zero-tailpipe emission tractor is part of McDonald’s Canada’s larger plan to transition to lower-emission vehicles in the supply chain fleet serving more than 1400 restaurants across the country, where feasible.  

The trial’s outcome could see additional diesel-powered vehicles replaced with alternative-fuel vehicles for distribution in other viable Canadian markets. Globally, McDonald’s has committed to achieve net zero emissions across its operations by 2050.

Martin Brower leased the tractor, which will be based out of its distribution centre located in Montréal’s Baie d’Urfé area. The Volvo VNR Electric tractor will pull McDonald’s-branded trailers for deliveries to local McDonald’s restaurants within a range of 150 km (93 miles). The trial will evaluate the tractor’s performance in a variety of weather conditions.

In addition to the Montréal trial, McDonald’s has planned another Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trial in Brampton, Ont. later in 2022.

“This trial has the potential to influence a major shift in the way we approach supply chain distribution that will bring us closer to reaching McDonald’s net zero goals. Considering the potential impact, the trial could have on our business and our global greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments, this is an extremely significant moment for the company,” said Jacques Mignault, president and CEO, McDonald’s Canada. “We’re grateful to collaborate with partners like Martin Brower and Volvo Trucks North America who share our vision and acknowledge the support from the Québec government on this initiative.”

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