Volvo Group has announced it has delivered new electric refrigerated delivery truck to leading supply chain provider and  key McDonalds distributor, Martin Brower, which took the keys to the new eight-pallet Volvo FL electric refrigerated truck  in a special ceremony that included Federal Government Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen.

It is. the first electric delivery truck  to be included on the Martin Brower fleet and the new truck is set to deliver seven days a week to McDonalds restaurants across the greater Sydney metropolitan area.

Volvo says the new truck is capable of carrying up to  4.6 tons and has a range of up to 230 kilometers, with a spec that has been  tailored to the demands of urban deliveries. The company of course emphasised that the truck emits no harmful pollutants during operations, improving air quality, reducing fuel consumption and reducing noise in local neighbourhoods, thanks to its zero tailpipe emissions,

“It’s fantastic to join forces with Martin Brower on our fossil-free transport journey,” said VCV Australia dealer principal, Greg Sargeant,

“Working alongside companies that reflect not only our core values but also our mission is extremely rewarding,”  Sargeant added.

“Our challenge is to move the world we want to live in and I’m pleased to partner with another global business, acting locally to make a difference in Australia’s largest city.”

Martin Brower has reportedly been a key supply chain partner for McDonalds since it opened its first Australian outlet in Yagoona in Sydney in 1971  It operates a fleet of approximately 200 vehicles, delivering products and stock to McDonald’s restaurants across the country.

Volvo said that Martin Brower works closely with the fast food giant to find innovative ways to minimise environmental impacts and reduce transport emissions across their supply chain. It says it aims to achieve net-zero GHG emissions globally by 2050 and it is  targeting a 50 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

“The delivery of this first electric truck for the region is just one part of our broader sustainability strategy to decarbonise our operations and achieve our 2030 emissions reduction target,” said Martin Brower managing director  for ANZ, Scott Hanigan.

“While we recognise there is a lot of progress to be made in the heavy electric vehicle space, we are excited to work with Volvo to better understand how we can integrate this new technology into our fleet moving forward,” Hanigan said.