McDonald’s supplier adds Volvo Electric Tractor to Canadian fleet

April 11, 2022
The addition of the electric vehicle to its fleet will contribute to Martin Brower’s target of achieving a significant reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and to McDonald’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050

Supply chain solutions provider Martin Brower, which serves restaurant chains like McDonald’s, has added a Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 tractor to its fleet.

The zero-tailpipe emission tractor will be dedicated to pulling McDonald’s-branded trailers for food and beverage deliveries to McDonald’s restaurants in the Montreal area. Martin Brower has been a key supply chain partner for McDonald's globally since it opened its first restaurant in the U.S. in 1956.

The addition of the electric vehicle to its fleet will contribute to Martin Brower’s target of achieving a significant reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and to McDonald’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

McDonald’s Canada will evaluate the feasibility of scaling the use of EVs to service its more than 1,400 restaurants across Canada. The Quebec location will offer a good opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness and reliability of battery-electric vehicles in harsh weather.

Meanwhile, Martin Brower will also evaluate opportunities to deploy additional electric tractors in its fleet. For the Volvo VNR Electric tractor, Martin Brower has installed on-site charging infrastructure.

Martin Brower Canada President Julie Dell’Aniello explained the goal is to deliver meaningful solutions to restaurants and businesses and create an ethical and sustainable future. Dell’Aniello added, “By integrating the Volvo VNR Electric tractor into our fleet, we will gain valuable experience for future zero-tailpipe emission tractor deployments that will enable us to continue driving down Martin Brower’s greenhouse gas emissions so we can meet our sustainability targets.”

Camions Volvo Montreal will service the tractor.