Retail giant Walmart has announced plans to equip its Canadian fleet with 100 per cent alternative powered vehicles by 2028, according to a company news release.
Walmart Canada is aiming to acquire 30 Tesla semi-trucks, all 18-wheelers, adding to its original order of only 10 in November 2017. With the extra trucks, the company will have “one of the largest electrified fleets planned by a company in Canada.” This will also allow the retailer to convert 20 per cent of its fleet to electric power by 2022 — an initial milestone Walmart is striving to meet.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lead the industry in the drive for sustainable change,” said John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain, Walmart Canada. “By converting 20 per cent of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2022 and committing to alternative power for all fleet vehicles by 2028, we are putting safety, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of our logistics network.”
Walmart Canada plans to put its first 20 Tesla trucks to use at its base in Mississauga, Ont. The other half will be sent to its Surrey, B.C. sustainable fulfillment centre, set to open in 2022. The facility is expected to feature a “fully electric Walmart fleet base, a first for Walmart internationally.”