Linfox’s first electric truck will hit the road this year.
The historic first sees Australia’s iconic beer, Victoria Bitter (VB), transported in a new Volvo FL Electric truck for valued Linfox customer, Asahi Beverages. The vehicle will undertake metropolitan deliveries within BevChain, Linfox’s leading beverage logistics business. The Volvo FL Electric is one of 10 Volvo heavy freight electric vehicles in the world, with only two in Australia. Both have been made available to Linfox for metropolitan work. The landmark vehicle can travel up to approximately 250 kilometres before needing to be recharged.
Responding to the call for cleaner cities
In 2020, Volvo Trucks announced its intention for all Volvo trucks to be fossil fuel free by 2040.
“It is very clear that both our customers, and our customer’s customers, are demanding a cleaner and quieter urban transport environment,” said Vice President, Volvo Trucks Australia Tony O’Connell.
“Momentum is building globally to create safe and clean cities and the arrival of this truck in Australia marks the first step on that journey for Volvo Trucks Australia.”
The road map to a fossil free future for Volvo Trucks also includes the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology for long haul applications to complement the gradual phasing out of the traditional diesel engine.
A new chapter for Linfox
On the journey to reduce its environmental impact, Linfox cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 52.2 per cent between 2007 and 2016. Since then, Linfox has continued to lower net environmental emissions by eight per cent each year.
Going forward, Linfox’s primary focus is to reduce net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to zero through its GreenFox program. The largest contribution to Linfox’s carbon footprint comes from transportation tasks, and electric vehicles will play a crucial role in helping Linfox achieve carbon neutral transport.
The potential benefits of electric vehicles include reduced fuel costs, lower maintenance costs and reduced air pollution. Greenhouse gas emissions can be completely eliminated if electric vehicles are charged using renewable energy.
Linfox’s bold, carbon neutral vision for its logistics hub in Willawong, Queensland, will set the standard for other sites to follow. The site is set to be Linfox’s first carbon neutral facility, with a 5 Star Green Star certification that recognises features such as smart LED lighting, a solar system, a renewable electricity contract, water recycling and rainwater harvesting systems, and bespoke waste recycling stations.
Importantly, the Willawong site has electric vehicle charging capability, which will be powered entirely by renewable energy.
Powering electric vehicle uptake
Increasing community expectations and organisational sustainability imperatives will continue to drive the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia.
Four FUSO eCanters will also join the Linfox fleet in 2021 for leading customers. In production since 2017, the FUSO eCanter is Daimler Trucksʼ first all-electric truck to be series-produced with many now in daily operation around the world.
The eCanter has a range of 100 kilometres and is the ideal size for metropolitan deliveries.
Electric vehicle uptake in Australia is currently in its early stages but adoption is expected to grow as more vehicles become available and charging infrastructure is rolled out.
As a member of both the Electric Vehicle Council and the Australian Logistics Council’s Electric Vehicle Working Group, Linfox is collaborating with government and industry to accelerate the electrification of transport in Australia and ensure the nation’s supply chains have the safest and cleanest options available.