Sydney’s first electric beer truck has been added to the BevChain Lion fleet, in the form of a Fuso eCanter that will be used to deliver kegs and packaged beer to pubs, bars and clubs across the metro area.
Based on anticipated usage, BevChain claims 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.
“BevChain is excited to introduce the first electric truck for Lion. This truck will be powered by clean energy from our automated distribution centre, which is situated strategically next to the Lion brewery in Auburn, NSW. As Lion’s logistics partner, we’re committed to working with Lion to reduce carbon emissions and meet our shared sustainability targets,” said BevChain president, Misha Shliapnikoff.
The company says the electric truck supports Lion’s sustainability goals, which in 2020 became Australia’s first Climate Active accredited carbon neutral brewer and has committed to achieving a net zero value chain by 2050.
“From the farm to the brewery to the road and then the pub or bottle shop, we are looking at all the ways we can minimise our carbon footprint and meet our 2050 goal,” said Lion Australia managing director, David Smith.
Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, added that he was thrilled to see the Fuso eCanter going to work for Linfox and Lion.
“The Fuso eCanter is a pioneering electric truck but it is more than a statement, it is a real workhorse that can get the job done in near silence while producing zero emissions,” he said.
From this month, Linfox and BevChain will operate six electric vehicles for major customers across Victoria and NSW.