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GLS Canada adds electric trucks to its fleet

April 20, 2023
By Canadian Manufacturing

Presented by:
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Photo: CNW Group/GLS Canada.

MONTREAL — GLS Canada purchases four Lion6 100 per cent electric trucks.

“We are extremely proud to add Lion6 trucks to our fleet, which have been designed, developed, and built by Lion Electric in Canada. It brings us joy to support a local business and promote the local economy all while reducing our carbon footprint,” said Rick Barnes, President of GLS Canada.

These four zero-emission trucks will replace the current diesel trucks operated by GLS Canada. Two of these trucks will be driven by GLS drivers in Quebec and the other two will be used in Western Canada by Rosenau Transport, who was acquired by GLS in 2021. This represents a saving of up to 400 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year, equivalent to almost 80 cars on the road, or 40,000 liters of fossil fuel saved per year. In addition to reducing GHGs, the new vehicles reduce noise pollution and have a positive impact on air quality.

GLS Canada continues to work towards the ambition of zero emission as the recipient of the City of Montreal’s Sustainable Development and Mobility Program.

“The City of Montreal is proud to contribute to the ecological transition of Montreal businesses through initiatives such as the Sustainable Development and Mobility Program. The GLS project will set an example for other businesses,” said Luc Rabouin, responsible for economic and business development, knowledge, innovation, and design on the executive committee of the City of Montréal.

Supported by GLS Group’s experience, GLS Canada’s environmental plan places emphasis on emission reduction and avoidance with the long-term ambition of zero emissions by 2045.

The City of Montreal approved GLS Canada for a grant of just over $1 million to support the development of the first GLS Eco-Hub in Canada. This project includes the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, the implementation of energy efficient and waste reducing measures, as well as the addition of green spaces.

“We are excited to begin the first phase of the project with the electric vehicle charging infrastructure this spring. This supports our recent purchase of electric vehicles and will help us switch over more of our fleet,” said Melanie Camara, Director Environment and Sustainability of GLS Canada.


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