Purolator announces $1 billion investment to electrify Canadian operations

Purolator has announced plans to invest $1 billion to electrify its Canadian operations over the next seven years. The investment is the company’s single largest network investment in its 60 year history and will help Purolator reach its 2030 emissions goals.

As part of the investment Purolator will purchase more than 3,500 fully electric last-mile delivery vehicles and electrify more than 60 of its terminals across Canada. The company plans to add 100 all electric delivery vehicles to its fleet this year, following by another 150 in 2024. The electric fleet will include Ford E-Transit, Motiv Power Systems EPIC4 and the made-in-Canada BrightDrop Zevo 600 models.

The first electric delivery vehicles will roll out this month with 25 Ford E-Transit vans in London, Ontario, Richmond, BC, and Quebec City. Additionally 55 Motiv and 15 BrightDrop models, along with several low-speed vehicles and electric cargo bikes (e-bikes), will be added later this year.

“Purolator was the first Canadian courier to launch fully electric curbside-delivery trucks nationally. Our ambition is to be the greenest courier company in Canada, and with this investment, Purolator will take yet another important step toward a more sustainable future and healthier planet. We’ve set ambitious goals for ourselves and are working with our customers and partners every day to reduce our carbon footprint and protect our environment,” said John Ferguson, President and CEO, Purolator.

Purolator set a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 42 per cent by 2030 and to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The company plans to achieve this goal by electrifying 60 per cent of its last-mile delivery vehicles and investing in alternative-fuels and low-carbon technologies. It also plans to reduce emissions from electricity by 100 per cent through the use of renewable sources and by diverting more than 70 per cent of its waste from landfill.

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