SPAR Switzerland has announced that it has added a fully electric truck to its fleet that will transport food products from its central warehouse to stores in the Appenzell region and Thurgau.
The move will help the retailer in reducing its CO2 emissions by 50 tonnes and save 19,000 litres of diesel annually.
The new 264kW (360hp) e-truck from MAN is emission-free and almost silent, the retailer added.
It can cover around 180 kilometres per charge, subject to climatic and topographical conditions, and is equipped with a display in the cockpit that informs the driver about its energy capacity.
The new e-truck will be used in the Appenzell region in the morning and Thurgau in the afternoon, the retailer added.
For years, SPAR Switzerland has implemented several measures to reduce emissions and heavy traffic.
The company introduced its first hybrid trucks at the end of 2011 and replaced it with a more modern and economical Euro 6 engine in 2017 to meet supply requirements in Zurich.
In 2018, the retailer teamed up with RhB, a Swiss transport company that owns the largest network of the nation’s private railway operators.
The initiative saw the retailer transport goods in containers via rail, which reduced 85,000 kilometres of road transport from its operations annually.