Renault Trucks to supply Coca-Cola 30 electric vehicles in Belgium

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 25, 2022

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners  will start using 30 electric trucks to make last-mile deliveries to local customers in Belgium.

Through a key partnership with Renault Trucks, the beverage manufacturer is electrifying one-fifth of its truck fleet and creating the largest fleet of electric trucks in Belgium. The company will also reduce its CO2 emissions by 75% compared to diesel trucks.

“Our industry is facing difficulties that require rapid adaptation, but we are also firmly committed to maintaining a long-term approach. Investing in electric trucks will allow Coca-Cola Europacific Partners to cut CO2 emissions by 30% across the entire value chain by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2040,” said An Vermeulen, VP & country director of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners for Belgium and Luxembourg.

The first five Renault Trucks E-tech D and D Wide will go out in the Antwerp, while other trucks will arrive in the coming months at the manufacturing and distribution sites in Ghent and Chaudfontaine in Belgium.

“Most of our deliveries are very local, to supermarkets and businesses near our sites, with routes averaging 150km per day,” said Vermeulen. “The transition to electric vehicles makes perfect sense, thanks to a total investment of around €7 million. This is one example of our efforts to take a long-term and sustainable approach at the local level in Belgium.”

Coca-Cola chose a configuration allowing Renault Truck’s electric vehicles to cover 200km daily, which is more than enough for 40% of CCEP’s current local delivery routes. Each truck has an on-site charging station to fully recharge the battery overnight. These charging stations are powered by 100% green energy generated at the site.