Linfox introduces electric trucks into Bunnings fleet

Leading logistics and transport specialist, Linfox, has confirmed it is trialling new Fuso eCanters as part of its Bunnings contract.

The two new all-electric trucks are part of ongoing evaluations Linfox is conducting, at present, with several of its customers — hardware giant, Bunnings, among them.

The Fuso eCanters will deliver home and lifestyle products to local stores in Melbourne’s southwest and will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity according to Linfox.

Based on anticipated usage, at least 60 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2-e) can be avoided annually compared to the same size Euro 6 diesel powered truck.

“As leading Australian retailers continue to reduce reliance on traditional energy sources, Linfox is proud to support our customers’ ambitious sustainability targets,” Peter Fox, Linfox Executive Chairman said in an online statement.

“Act Sustainably is a key strategic driver in our Leading the Way 2025 business strategy, and this includes a growing fleet of electric vehicles replacing diesel powered vehicles on suburban transport routes,” he said.

“Supply chain partners have an important role to play in the transition to renewable energy and the action we take now will determine our future and the future of generations to come.”

The electric vehicles form part of Bunnings’ sustainability strategy with a pledge to reach net zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030.

The trial will assist Bunnings to assess methods of transitioning to lower emissions transport in its supply chain in the future.

Built by Daimler, the Fuso eCanter will recharge using a rapid charger at Bunnings’ Laverton distribution centre. It can be recharged to 80 per cent capacity in an hour using a 50kW rapid charger or fully charged in 90 minutes.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, said the electric Fuso eCanter was perfectly suited to help Bunnings achieve its sustainability targets.

“We are thrilled Bunnings will use Linfox operated zero emission Fuso eCanters as part of its clear commitment to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change,” said Whitehead.

“The eCanter is a practical workhorse and its full suite of active safety features, including Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), allows fleets to look after the planet and their workers at the same time.”

Linfox confirmed it plans to have six electric vehicles operational across Victoria and New South Wales by March 2022.

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