Purolator today celebrated a significant milestone in its commitment to the environment by introducing the Quicksider prototype, a battery-operated electric delivery vehicle.
The first of its kind in Canada to be used within the courier industry, the Purolator Quicksider is a zero emission vehicle while in operation.
The emissions associated with charging its battery are expected to be less than 20 per cent of those produced by a conventional diesel-powered curbside delivery vehicle.
The Quicksider will be tested and evaluated for performance on the streets of Toronto.
Manufactured by Toronto-based Unicell Limited in partnership with ArvinMeritor, the Purolator Quicksider combines several operation-enhancing features including automatic doors, a tighter turning ratio and pneumatic suspensions that enable the truck to kneel to curb level to unload packages.
With its advanced electric drivetrain, the Quicksider is expected to require less maintenance than a conventional diesel-powered curbside delivery vehicle.
In addition to the introduction of the Quicksider prototype, Purolator has also added 30 new hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to its curbside delivery fleet across Canada, with 28 in Vancouver, one in Ottawa, and one in Montreal.
These vehicles join Purolators national green fleet which includes 19 HEVs and one fuel-cell hybrid electric vehicle that have been in service in Toronto since 2005.
At Purolator we make it our business to know where business is going and clearly its towards sustainable practices that will result in long-term benefits for the environment, customers, employees and business, said Robert C. Johnson, President and C.E.O. of Purolator.
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