Purolator spending $1 billion on fleet electrification

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by Emily Atkins

Purolator expects to invest approximately $1 billion to electrify its Canadian network over the next seven years.

This includes a plan to purchase more than 3,500 fully electric last-mile delivery vehicles and the electrification of more than 60 terminals across Canada.

Purolator plans to purchase more than 3,500 fully electric last-mile delivery vehicles. (CNW Group/Purolator Inc.)

Purolator’s investment in environmental sustainability, including the electrification of 60 percent of its fleet, is expected to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 by 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

This commitment also marks the largest network investment in Purolator’s 63-year history, with more than $100 million to be invested in 2023 alone.

“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,” said John Ferguson, president and CEO, Purolator.

“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.”

Fleet electrification

Purolator expects to add over 100 all-electric vehicles to its fleet this year and an additional 150 in 2024. This new fleet comprises Ford E-Transit, Motiv Power Systems EPIC4 and BrightDrop Zevo 600 models.

This month, Purolator will begin deploying 25 Ford E-Transit vans in London, Ont.; Richmond, B.C.; and Quebec City. A further 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 set a 2030 science-based goal to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 42 per cent and put the company on a path to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The company will achieve this goal by electrifying 60 percent 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 percent of its waste from landfill.

The company first introduced 500 hybrid-electric vehicles into its fleet in 2005.