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Kruger Energy’s first all-electric semi-trailer trucks hit the road this week.
The two vehicles have started to carry materials and Cashmere, SpongeTowels and Bonterra tissue products between two Kruger Products facilities in Quebec.
Combined, the electric trucks will replace one standard diesel truck, enabling the company to reduce its GHG emissions by 380 tons of CO2 per year.
Additionally, reduction of fossil fuel use will amount to 150,000 litres per year for each truck, the company said.
The trucks are operating 20 hours a day, seven days a week, travelling at full capacity more than 1,000 km between the two facilities daily, or 365,000 km each year.
Kruger said it hopes to electrify a large part of its fleet in the coming years. The company has ordered 50 additional electric trucks, of which 15 to 20 are expected to hit the road within the next 24 months.
"When we embarked on Reimagine 2030, Kruger Products' sustainability strategy, we knew that we had to dig even deeper to find viable sustainable solutions allowing us to continue to grow as a business, while also shrinking our environmental footprint," said Dino Bianco, CEO, Kruger Products, in a press release. "These two electric vehicles represent the first of many steps we are taking to continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. As the leading tissue manufacturer in Canada, we have a responsibility to offer consumers and our customers high quality products while also protecting our environment."