Coca-Cola Europacific Partners has partnered with Renault Trucks and invested €7 million to transition a fifth of its truck fleet to electric vehicles in Belgium.
The firm will begin using 30 electric trucks for last-mile deliveries in Belgium. The first five Renault Trucks E-tech D and D Wide are already being used in the Antwerp area. The remaining trucks will arrive in the coming months at the manufacturing and distribution sites in Ghent and Chaudfontaine in Belgium.
The transition will enable the firm to reduce its CO2 emissions by 75% compared to diesel trucks.
"Our industry is facing difficulties that require rapid adaptation, but we are also firmly committed to maintaining a long-term approach. Investing in electric trucks will allow Coca-Cola Europacific Partners to cut CO2 emissions by 30% across the entire value chain by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2040," explained An Vermeulen, VP & Country Director of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners for Belgium and Luxembourg.
The vehicle configuration selected will enable the new EVs to cover 200 km daily and each truck will have an on-site charging station for overnight recharging. The charging stations are powered by 100% green energy, which will be generated on-site.
“Most of our deliveries are very local, to supermarkets and businesses near our sites, with routes averaging 150 km per day," said An Vermeulen. "The transition to electric vehicles makes perfect sense, thanks to a total investment of around 7 million euros. This is one example of our efforts to take a long-term and sustainable approach at the local level in Belgium."