Green goes better with Coke, as seen through the Company's ongoing efforts to deliver their products via six all-electric, zero-emissions trucks built by eStar. These electric vehicles will join
Taking the Lead and Not Looking Back
The six electric
Accelerating the Adoption of Energy-Efficient Vehicles Nationwide
The eStar vehicles are the latest step in the Company's commitment to energy efficiency and the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Their launch also coincides with a promising new partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE recognized
"We are honored to join the Department of Energy and the Clean Fleets members to strengthen our sustainability efforts and make more of an impact in the energy efficiency space," says Steven Saltzgiver, director of fleet operations for
The eStar vehicles are built by Navistar, an American manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The trucks run up to 100 miles per charge and can be fully recharged in six to eight hours. A quick-change cassette-type battery can be swapped out in 20 minutes, enabling around-the-clock operation and aligning the vehicles as an absolute alternative to fossil fuel urban delivery trucks. Unlike other electric trucks, which are reconfigured models of fossil fuel trucks, the eStar vehicles have been purpose-built for electric power with a low center of gravity and strategic battery placement.
"The eStar is a smart option for businesses that are looking to positively impact the environment through energy efficiency and sustainability," says Navistar’s Mark Aubry, vice president of electric vehicle sales and marketing. "Each eStar can save a company up to 60 percent in fuel costs, and at the end of its lifecycle, more than 50 percent of the vehicle is recyclable."
A Lighter Carbon Footprint Overall
"Our energy efficiency work is focused on meaningfully reducing the overall carbon footprint of our operations. We do this through a variety of technologies that produce energy efficiencies across all areas of our business, including fleet, manufacturing, and sales and marketing equipment," says Brian Kelley, chief product supply officer at
Alternative fuel vehicles—including electric and hybrid trucks—are a key component of The
Other initiatives include the Company's goal of phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbons in all its new vendors and cooling equipment by 2015 and testing fuel cell technology to power production facilities. Energy Efficiency and Climate Protection is one of seven focus areas that make up
According to a 2011 Newsweek article, The