Tim Hortons recently took delivery of its first two Volvo VNR Electric trucks, which the Canadian restaurant chain will use to transport food and beverage products from two distribution centers to its restaurants. The trucks will operate out of distribution centers in Guelph, Ontario, and Langley, British Columbia. Tim Hortons has nearly 4,000 restaurants across Canada.
“Today, as we celebrate the deployment of these cutting-edge electric vehicles into the company’s fleet, we are confident that the positive impact on both its drivers and employees will be felt for years to come,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America.
Tim Hortons’ Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric trucks will service 150-200 kilometers daily routes from two of the Tims distribution centers to local stores and restaurants. The trucks feature a six-battery pack configuration, which can cover up to 440 kilometers on a single charge and obtain an 80% charge in as little as 90 minutes, making electrification viable for a wide range of local and regional fleet operations. To support the battery-electric Volvo VNR Electric trucks, Tim Hortons installed DC fast chargers at each distribution center.
“As part of our Tims For Good sustainability platform we’re always working on developing better solutions for how we serve our millions of guests each and every day,” says Axel Schwan, president of Tim Hortons. “We’re really excited to now have one of the first electric transport trucks of its kind on the road here in Canada and another coming very soon. Each electric truck is expected to travel up to 100,000 kilometers per year while producing zero tailpipe emissions and reduce our use of more than 25,000 liters of diesel fuel per vehicle annually.”