McDonald’s puts 10 Volvo VNR Electric class 8 semi trucks to work


Ten brand-new Volvo VNR Electric semi trucks will be supporting food and beverage deliveries to select McDonald’s restaurants in the greater Montreal and Toronto areas in the coming weeks.

Martin Brower is a supply chain solutions provider for global restaurant chains, and it’s actually Martin Brower, as McDonald’s logistical partner, that’s taking delivery of the ten electric Volvo semi trucks. “McDonald’s has been a like-minded collaborator for many decades with aligned goals,” said Julie Dell’Aniello, president, Martin Brower Canada. “Together, our companies share similar commitments to test alternative-fuel vehicles.”

The deployment of these 10 trucks by Martin Brower follows on from a pilot with the electric tractor in Montreal that was launched back in 2022.

“It’s exciting to see a powerhouse brand like McDonald’s working with their partners to help decarbonize the transportation of goods,” said Matthew Blackman, managing director for Canada, Volvo Trucks North America. “It’s a testament to the performance and reliability of the Volvo VNR Electric that these global leaders are choosing to scale their trial of battery-electric vehicles where feasible.”

Earlier this month, Volvo Trucks North America announced a new Truck-as-a-Service (TaaS) business model called Volvo on Demand designed, “to enable small and medium-sized truck fleets to minimize the upfront investments typically associated with transitioning to battery-electric vehicles, and free up credit lines that can be used towards business growth.”

Volvo began delivering electric trucks in 2018, and has continued to expand its commercial lineup with dedicated refuse models from both its Volvo and Mack Truck brands, as well as the new Mack MD Electric, production of which began earlier this year.

Electrek’s Take

Volvo Trucks electric

Volvo’s first-mover position in the North American market has led to a number of companies choosing to adopt its HDEVs, and the anticipated next-generation VNL Electric will only give it a bigger lead in the space.

SOURCE | IMAGES: Volvo Trucks.

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