AB InBev has announced plans to add ten new electric trucks to its fleet for deliveries in the cities of Leuven, Brussels, Ghent and Liège.
The decision follows a successful pilot with two trucks – a Volvo e-truck and a MAN e-truck – delivering in the cities of Leuven and Brussels.
With the new trucks, the brewer's fleet will comprise 12 e-trucks for delivery to Belgian cities by the end of this year.
The initiative is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 150 tonnes annually, the company noted.
“We have established the many advantages of electric city delivery in practice after the tests in Leuven and Anderlecht: no emissions, less noise and pleasant driving for our drivers. So it is obvious that we are scaling up,” said Philippe Seminck, logistics director BeNeLux and France at AB InBev.
Pieter Thienpont, sales and marketing communication director of Volvo Trucks Belgium, added, “The order for these ten Volvo FE electric trucks perpetuates the collaboration with AB InBev with the aim of making transport in and between our cities more sustainable.
"Volvo Trucks' environmental ambition is very clear, namely to supply only fossil-free vehicles by 2040. That is why Volvo Trucks is taking the lead with a full range of electric trucks and the know-how of electric services. With AB InBev, we have taken action to achieve our shared climate goals here and now.”
AB InBev's sustainability strategy in logistics includes plans to reduce unnecessary kilometres as much as possible and replace or use alternative fuels and technologies where possible.
The company hopes to cut 750 tonnes of CO2 on an annual basis with its new logistics chain, e-trucks and new depot.
“We are resolutely aiming for zero emissions. We only invest in non-diesel trucks. If the environment in which we operate becomes greener, the natural ingredients for our beer will benefit,” Seminck added.
The brewer relocated its central depot in Belgium from the south of the country (Strepy) to a warehouse in Vilvoorde, the brewer noted.