For those in the Melbourne area, your beer is about to be greener. Linfox, the delivery partner for Victoria Bitter for more than 50 years, recently received its first Volvo FL Electric truck, the first mass-produced electric truck of its size in Australia and one of over 50 Volvo has delivered globally so far. The logistics firm delivers hundreds of millions of litres of beer each year for Asahi Beverages, which purchased Carlton & United Breweries, the maker of Victoria Bitter, last year. The all-electric truck, wrapped in VB green, will transport over 100,000 cans and stubbies each week from Asahi Beverages’ distribution centre in Melbourne to bottle shops across the city.
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The VB truck will be powered entirely by 100% offset solar power from Asahi Beverages’ solar farm near Mildura in northern Victoria and is the latest sustainability step for the beer. Victoria Bitter has been brewed with 100% offset solar electricity since last year.
“It is the first of many electric trucks that will deliver our beer,” says Asahi Beverages Group CEO Robert Iervasi. “Transitioning our deliveries to electric vehicles will help us achieve our ambitious sustainability goals of reducing our net carbon emissions across our entire supply chain by 30% by 2030 and to zero by 2050.”
About The Volvo FL Electric
The Volvo FL Electric has a 200-kilowatt (268-horsepower) engine that generates 425 newton-metres (313 pounds-foot) of torque. The powertrain has a two-speed gearbox that has independent power flows to enable gear shifting without interruption of power. The truck can be charged using the onboard AC charger at industrial sites or using the charging cable included with the vehicle. Charging can also be done at external DC stations with output voltage of up to 750 V for faster charging. The latest VB truck will be able to travel up to 250 kilometres (155 miles) per charge.
Source: Volvo Trucks