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Purolator Plans Largest Investment to Electrify Network

Purolator expects to add more than 100 all-electric vehicles to its fleet this year and an additional 150 in 2024. (Purolator Inc.)

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Purolator Inc. will make its largest investment at $1 billion to electrify its Canadian network over the next seven years, the company announced March 9.

The Mississauga, Ontario-based courier plans to purchase more than 3,500 fully electric last-mile delivery vehicles and electrify more than 60 terminals. The company hopes the investments will help it reach its emissions goals by 2030.

“Purolator was the first Canadian courier to launch fully electric curbside-delivery trucks nationally,” Purolator CEO John Ferguson said. “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.”

Purolator is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 42% by 2030. It plans to achieve that by electrifying 60% of its last-mile delivery vehicles and by investing in alternative fuels and low-carbon technologies. It also plans to completely reduce emissions from electricity through the use of renewable sources and by diverting most of its waste from landfills.

“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,” Ferguson said.

Purolator will be putting $100 million toward this plan this year. The company expects to add more than 100 all-electric vehicles to its fleet this year and an additional 150 in 2024. This new fleet includes Ford E-Transit, Motiv Power Systems EPIC4 and BrightDrop Zevo 600 models.

Ultimately, the company hopes to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. It began that journey when it introduced over 500 hybrid-electric vehicles into its fleet in 2005. The company also started piloting all-electric vehicles with e-bikes and low-speed vehicles in 2020.

Purolator ranks No. 18 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.

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