McDonald’s Canada, with its logistics partner 3PL Martin Brower, is testing new Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 tractor to distribute supplies to restaurants in the Montréal area.
Martin Brower leased the tractor, which will be based out of its distribution centre located in Montréal’s Baie d’Urfé area. The Volvo VNR Electric tractor will pull McDonald’s-branded trailers for deliveries to local McDonald’s restaurants within a range of 150 km.
The trial will evaluate the tractor’s performance in a variety of weather conditions.
The test of this first zero-tailpipe emission tractor is part of McDonald’s Canada’s plan to transition to lower-emission vehicles in its fleet that serves more than 1,400 restaurants across the country.
“This trial has the potential to influence a major shift in the way we approach supply chain distribution that will bring us closer to reaching McDonald’s net zero emissions goals. Considering the potential impact the trial could have on our business and our reduction commitments, this is an extremely significant moment for the company,” said Jacques Mignault, president and CEO of McDonald’s Canada.
“We’re grateful to collaborate with partners like Martin Brower and Volvo Trucks North America who share our vision, and acknowledge the support from the Québec government on this initiative.”
The trial’s outcome could see additional diesel-powered vehicles replaced with alternative-fuel vehicles for distribution in other viable Canadian markets. Globally, McDonald’s has committed to achieve net zero emissions across its operations by 2050.
In addition to the Montréal trial, McDonald’s has planned another Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 trial in Brampton, Ont. later in 2022.