Walmart Canada gets a Nikola fuel cell truck

Walmart Canada is the first major retailer in the country to add a hydrogen fuel cell electric semi-truck to its fleet - in this case the Nikola Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV. It will hit the road in the province of Ontario.

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Walmart and Nikola officials took the wraps off the Class 8 electric truck at Walmart’s fully automated distribution centre north of Toronto. It also already made its first delivery to a Walmart in Vaughan on the outskirts of Toronto. And according to Walmart, the electric truck will be stationed in Mississauga, just about 22 kilometres south-west of Toronto.

Nikola’s fuel cell truck, which is said to have a range of about 800 kilometres, could save the retailer an average of 97 metric tons of CO2 tailpipe emissions per year, according to the manufacturer. The vehicles was supplied by supplied by ITD Industries, which is also where it will go to fill up its tank.

“We’re proud to be introducing Walmart Canada’s first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle as a major milestone on our journey to becoming a regenerative company,” said Gonzalo Gebara, president and CEO of Walmart Canada. “This is a first for a retailer in Canada and is an example of how we will continue to push forward, embrace new technology and spark change within the industry.”

Walmart operates more than 400 stores nationwide and wants its entire fleet to be zero-emission,  including long-haul trucks in the US and Canada, by 2040.

“At Nikola, we are incredibly proud to support Walmart’s sustainability initiatives and to be supporting their historic milestone of being the first retail fleet in Canada to operate a hydrogen fuel cell electric semi-truck,” said Steve Girsky, Nikola President and CEO. “This collaboration with Walmart Canada, a brand committed to a more sustainable future, aligns perfectly with our mission to drive innovation and environmental responsibility in the transportation industry.”

“As our government massively expands production of clean, reliable and affordable energy we’re creating an environment for businesses to invest and create new jobs,” said Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Electrification. “It’s no surprise that Walmart has chosen to deploy its first hydrogen-powered semi-truck in its fleet here in Ontario. We’re rapidly building out Ontario’s hydrogen economy with new production projects that are going to help forward-looking businesses across the province transition to hydrogen vehicles and reduce their emissions.”,


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