Albertsons recently announced that it will be buying ten Tesla Semis for its Southern California fleet. The vehicles are part of the company’s ongoing efforts to decrease carbon emissions and run a cleaner transportation program.
“Our employee promise is to Make Every Day a Better Day,” said Albertsons Companies President and CEO Jim Donald. “That means being a good community partner and a committed steward of the environment. We take that obligation seriously because our company is growing and innovating at lightning speed. And when we move forward, we leave a trail behind.”
The Semis will service Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions stores in Southern California. The company reports that its trucks will be able to travel 300 to upwards of 500 miles on a single charge, even with a fully loaded trailer, and use less than 2 kilowatt hours of energy per mile.
“Advancing supply chain efficiency and sustainability is an important goal for our company,” said Tom Nartker, vice-president of transportation. “We’re excited to pilot this expansion of our transportation program with trucks that help us limit our overall carbon footprint.”
The electric semis expand Albertsons Companies’ commitment to running a safe, sustainable fleet to service its 2,300 stores across the country. As a partner and supporter of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay transportation program, the company actively promotes SmartWay certification to improve freight efficiency and environmental performance. The company’s entire 1,400-plus truck fleet nationwide is SmartWay certified, as are 92 percent of trucks operated by third-party carriers.