Energy Efficiency, Commercial, Sourcing Renewables  -  November 12, 2018

Albertsons purchases Tesla tractors

Albertsons Companies announced the purchase of 10 all-electric tractors to service their Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilion stores in Southern California. The vehicles, which will travel 300 to upwards of 500 miles on a single charge, are part of the company’s ongoing efforts to decrease carbon emissions and run a cleaner transportation program.

“Advancing supply chain efficiency and sustainability is an important goal for our company,” said Tom Nartker, vice president of transportation, in a statement. “We’re excited to pilot this expansion of our transportation program with trucks that help us limit our overall carbon footprint.”

The electric semis expand Albertsons Companies’ commitment to running a safe, sustainable fleet to service its 2,300 stores across the country. The company’s entire 1,400+ truck fleet nationwide is SmartWay certified, as are 92% of trucks operated by their third-party carriers.

The announcement was made along with the release of Albertson’s 2018 Sustainability Update. In the report, Jim Donald, president and CEO, said, “Reducing our carbon footprint and taking a leadership position on safe environmental practices is a top priority. The EPA has taken notice of our sustainability efforts, naming Albertsons Companies a Green Power Partner and Safer Choice Partner of the Year for multiple years.” Albertsons also expanded their renewable energy portfolio with four 400kW solar installations last year, bringing the total to 48 sites across the country. 

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