Switzerland: Carlsberg puts the country's largest fleet of electric trucks into operation

The Feldschlösschen brewery, Switzerland, a subsidiary of Carlsberg Group, is now delivering to customers in the country through a fleet of 20 new 26-tonne electric trucks – the world’s first mass-produced electric trucks from Renault Trucks. The move is geared towards Carlsberg Group’s sustainability programme Together Towards ZERO goal to cut emissions across the value chain.

The trucks, which have a payload of 13.8 tonnes and a range of 200km, will deliver to customers from across 12 logistics sites. Over time the entire truck fleet at Feldschlösschen will be converted to electric.

They are powered with renewable energy, and already there are five photovoltaic systems to provide solar power to charge the trucks.

“We’re committed to cutting carbon at every stage, including logistics, which globally accounts for around 12% of the footprint of a beer. We’ve been pioneering the use of smaller electric trucks for beer delivery in Switzerland since 2008. Our new addition to the fleet will help to deliver larger quantities of beer with even lower emissions,” says Victor Shevtsov, EVP Supply Chain, Carlsberg Group.

The announcement of the new electrical truck fleet in Switzerland is one of the first major activities of Shevtsov, after being promoted Executive Vice President EVP Supply Chain, Carlsberg Group as per 1 July 2021. He joined Carlsberg in 2015 after a long and successful career in various supply chain roles with PepsiCo.

 “The team at Feldschlösschen are working to reduce emissions at every step, using rail to transport 60% of goods from production to distribution centres and major customers. This way we can provide the most sustainable products to our customers in the most sustainable way,” Carlsberg said in a statement to the press today.

Thomas Amstutz, CEO, Feldschlösschen, added: “The electric trucks have been well received by customers and employees alike. In the last five years we’ve cut carbon emissions across the business by 23%.”

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