TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Coca-Cola Bottling Company announced today that
it will introduce 10 heavy-duty hybrid-electric delivery trucks to its fleet
in Toronto, ON. The largest hybrid-electric delivery vehicles in North
America, the model GVW 33000 trucks, improve fuel consumption by 37 per cent,
reduce emissions by 32 per cent and create less noise and emissions when
stopped in traffic.
"Coca-Cola Bottling Company is introducing the first heavy-duty
hybrid-electric vehicles to the Canadian marketplace," said Kevin Warren,
President of Coca-Cola Bottling Company. "The addition of these
hybrid-electric delivery trucks to our fleet helps improve our environment,
the communities where we operate and our overall business."
"The introduction of these hybrid-electric trucks is the kind of
corporate commitment to addressing climate change that I applaud," said Mayor
David Miller. "Businesses and residents in Toronto have shown repeatedly that
they are committed to cutting greenhouse gases in whatever ways they can and
this is further evidence of that. It's also a great way to celebrate
Environment Week and Clean Air Day."
Coca-Cola Bottling Company will welcome a total of 22 heavy-duty hybrid
delivery vehicles to its operations across Canada. In 2008, Coca-Cola
Enterprises Inc. (CCE) will add 120 of these vehicles to its fleet, bringing
its total to 142 and creating the largest fleet of heavy-duty hybrid-electric
distribution vehicles in North America. The trucks are being manufactured by
the Kenworth division of Paccar in Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec.
"We have modified standard hybrid-electric technology to best fit our
business of making deliveries directly to our customers, especially those in
higher traffic urban areas like Toronto," added Mr. Warren. "Coca-Cola
Bottling Company will continue to explore ways to expand our corporate
responsibility and sustainability efforts across all aspects of our business."
"Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face today," said
the Honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of Environment. "It is up to
all of us to think about what we can do differently at home and at work to
lessen our impact on the environment."
"We are pleased to work with suppliers such as Coca-Cola Bottling Company
who share our goal of a smaller environmental footprint," said Jack Robinson,
Chief Operating Officer, CN Tower. "This announcement is an example of the
leadership role that Coca-Cola is taking and we are happy to be a part of it."
CCE conducted an intensive, five-year research and design program with
its supplier to develop, test and produce the first heavy-duty hybrid-electric
truck in North America. A motor/generator, working with the transmission and a
340-volt battery, allows the truck to source electrical power instead of gas
when traveling at speeds below 30 MPH, substantially reducing emissions in
Coca-Cola Bottling Company, a wholly-owned operating division of
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., operates in all 10 provinces, and employs 5,500
people across Canada, including approximately 2,700 in Ontario. The company
produces, sells and/or distributes a full range of sparkling and still
beverages, including, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, diet Coke, caffeine free
Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola with Lime, diet Coke with Lime, caffeine free diet Coke,
Sprite, diet Sprite Zero, Five Alive, Fruitopia, Fresca, Barq's root beer,
CPlus beverages, Fanta, Nestea ice teas, AriZona iced teas, Orangina, POWERaDE
sports drinks, Full Throttle, Rockstar, glacéau vitaminwater, Evian, DASANI
remineralized water, DASANI Essentials, V8 vegetable and fruit juices, and
Minute Maid 100% juices.
/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
members of the media/
For further information:
For further information: Shannon Denny, (905) 874-7236,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Sally Jacquart, (416) 424-6143, email@example.com