We are committed to supporting environmental sustainability by reducing greenhouse gases with our cutting edge fleet of vehicles.
Hybrid Fleet (HEVs)
With over 323 hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) in Canada, we continue to replace and retire older fleets with fuel-efficient vehicles. Since 2005, we’re proud that our HEV fleet has logged over 48.8 million kilometres, prevented 1,625 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and saved 688,459 litres of fuel.
Electric vehicles are a major part of our environmental commitment. In 2014, we partnered with Unicell Limited to introduce the Quicksider prototype, the first fully electric delivery truck in the courier industry.
We also installed charging stations at our head office and Montreal hub, and a cross-country rollout is planned.
Most recently, in 2018 we partnered with Cummins Inc. to develop a powertrain that could replace combustion engines and reduce GHG emissions. The prototype electric vehicle has logged about 5,304 km in field testing and another 6,000 km during development testing. We look forward to 2020 when we will roll these fully electric vehicles to complement our fleet.
While we still operate some gas-powered vehicles, we actively investigate innovative solutions to improve efficiency. For example, drivers are training in, and are rewarded for, eco-driving practices such as no idling and progressive shifting.
The vehicles themselves have also gotten key upgrades to boost efficiency. Eco mud flaps are mandatory on new heavy equipment and new class 8 tractors have automated manual transmissions. Plus, GPS vehicle tracking was installed on 4,371 trucks to track efficiency.
Even our ground network got an upgrade. By redesigning our ground network in eastern and western Canada, we have eliminated 10,600 tonnes of GHGs annually.