CAA donates electric delivery vans

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

CAA Atlantic has donated four fully-electric delivery vans to four food banks across the Atlantic provinces.

The recipients are: Feed Nova Scotia, Dartmouth, NS; Community Food Sharing Association, St. John’s, NL; Food Depot Alimentaire, Moncton, NB; and Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, Charlottetown, PEI.

“CAA Atlantic is committed to community giving,” said Dawn Dalley, president and CEO at CAA Atlantic. “Our hope is these vans reduce the operating costs and carbon footprint for the food banks, bringing more food to Atlantic Canadians in a cleaner, greener way.”

In the fall, CAA Atlantic polled its members, employees, partners and stakeholders, and asked where it should focus its community giving.

“Feedback from our stakeholders was very clear and we want to make a difference where it matters most,” says Dalley. “Helping our local food banks and feeding Atlantic Canadians, while simultaneously electrifying the food banks’ fleet – it’s a win-win.”

In addition to the vehicles, the donation includes branded vehicle wraps, winter tires, and a level 2 electric vehicle charger with installation. The delivery vans are also stocked with non-perishable food. As it’s able, CAA Atlantic hopes to expand this initiative to other deserving food banks across Atlantic Canada.

CAA Atlantic purchased its first EV in the spring of 2019 and since then, with the help of partner Next Ride from the Clean Foundation, CAA Atlantic has offered test drives and education for those considering transitioning to an EV.

“It’s not a matter of if our members go electric, it’s when,” Dalley said. “We will be there for them when they make that transition.”

CAA Atlantic’s light service fleet is almost 100% hybrid or electric, which only one vehicle left to transition in 2025. CAA Atlantic regularly advocates for cleaner, greener transportation.