Canada Post is testing several electric vehicle options, including the all-electric C250 delivery truck pictured here. PHOTO courtesy Canada Post.
With nearly 14,000 vehicles, Canada Post has one of the largest fleets in the country and continues to test a variety of battery-electric vehicles in its plan to transform half of its fleet to electric vehicles by 2030 and move its entire last-mile fleet to electric by 2040.
Canada Post took part in an unveiling of all-electric C250 delivery truck, which Canada Post is planning to test along with other electric vehicle options. Custom-built for Canada Post by Morgan Olson, North America’s leading walk-in step van body manufacturer, the C250 meets the rigorous demands of Canada Post’s delivery operations and safety requirements. While the C250 was initially developed as a gasoline model, Canada Post joined Morgan Olson at the Work Truck Week tradeshow in Indianapolis, Indiana, to unveil an all-electric demonstration model.
Canada Post also recently showcased its first depot using battery-electric corporate delivery vehicles. The company’s Nanaimo depot will use 14 fully electric cargo vans for collection and delivery services, replacing internal combustion vehicles.
Doug Ettinger, President and CEO of Canada Post, and Suromitra Sanatani, Chair of the Board of Directors, were on site to announce the depot’s official launch of its electric delivery vehicles.
“Last year, the Corporation set aside more than $1 billion to cut emissions and move forward on the electrification of its last mile fleet. This critical investment has led to important progress on Canada Post’s plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050,” said Sanatani. “Canadians expect their postal service to play a leading role in the country’s transition to a low-carbon future. It’s a responsibility that Canada Post embraces.”
Canada Post is building on decades of experience experimenting with electric and other low-emission vehicles. Now in the preliminary stage of its fleet electrification, the Corporation is introducing vehicles at select plants and depots to evaluate what equipment, charging infrastructure and approaches are best suited to its operational needs.