May 17, 2022

Linfox introduces electric trucks to Bunnings fleet

Leading logistics and transport specialist Linfox has confirmed it is testing new Fuso eCanters under its Bunnings contract.

The two new all-electric trucks are part of ongoing evaluations that Linfox is currently conducting with several of its customers, including hardware giant Bunnings.

The Fuso eCanters will deliver home and lifestyle products to local shops in South West Melbourne and will be powered by 100% renewable electricity according to Linfox.

Based on intended use, at least 60 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) emissions can be avoided each year compared to a Euro 6 diesel truck of the same size.

“As major Australian retailers continue to reduce their reliance on traditional energy sources, Linfox is proud to support our customers’ ambitious sustainability goals,” Linfox Executive Chairman Peter Fox said in an online statement. .

“Acting sustainably is a key strategic driver of our Leading the Way 2025 business strategy, and this includes a growing fleet of electric vehicles replacing diesel-powered vehicles on commuter transport routes,” he said.

“Supply chain partners have an important role to play in the transition to renewable energy and the actions we take now will determine our future and that of generations to come.”

Electric vehicles are part of Bunnings’ sustainability strategy with a commitment to achieve Net Zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.

The trial will help Bunnings evaluate methods of transitioning to low-emission transportation in its supply chain going forward.

Built by Daimler, the Fuso eCanter will recharge using a fast charger at Bunnings’ distribution center in Laverton. It can be recharged to 80% in one hour using a 50kW fast charger or fully charged in 90 minutes.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO Daniel Whitehead said the electric Fuso eCanter was perfectly suited to help Bunnings achieve its sustainability goals.

“We are delighted that Bunnings is using the zero-emission Fuso eCanters operated by Linfox as part of its clear commitment to reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change,” said Whitehead.

“The eCanter is a practical workhorse and its full suite of active safety features, including Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), allows fleets to take care of the planet and their workers at the same time. .”

Linfox has confirmed plans to have six electric vehicles operational in Victoria and New South Wales by March 2022.