Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions - February 14, 2023
US Foods to Reduce Emissions With Delivery of Battery-Electric Trucks
US Foods Holding Corp., a foodservice distributor, announced that it received the company’s first battery-electric powered Freightliner® eCascadia® trucks at its La Mirada, California distribution center.
The company previously announced plans to add 30 electric trucks to its La Mirada fleet in 2023. The zero-emission battery-electric trucks will help to reduce harmful fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions throughout Southern California.
“At US Foods, we are committed to reducing our absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 32.5 percent by 2032, and the deployment of our first zero-emission trucks is a critical step in our long-range plans to achieve this commitment,” said Dan Bennett, vice president of fleet and sustainability at US Foods in a statement.
The battery-electric Class 8 Freightliner eCascadia single eAxle truck offers up to 395 horsepower (296 kilowatts) with an expected range of 230 miles, ideal for supporting US Foods’ regional delivery needs while producing zero tailpipe emissions.
In addition to deploying electric trucks, the company will continue to reduce GHG emissions by optimizing routing to reduce miles driven, deploying new vehicle technology, and investing in alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas, renewable natural gas and renewable diesel fuel. The company also plans to build charging infrastructure at its La Mirada distribution center to power its electric fleet, with NextEra Energy Resources providing charging installation services.
US Foods received support from South Coast Air Quality Management District, EPA’s Targeted Airshed Grant Program, and California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project, part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG gas emissions.
Additional support was also secured from California Energy Commission’s EnergIIZE Commercial Vehicles Project, Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready Transport Program, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC., and Doggett Freightliner.