Purolator Increases the Size of Its Hybrid Electric Vehicle Fleet

Dec 2, 2010 | Corporate Member News

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Canada’s largest logistics company continues to lead the industry towards green alternatives

Tom Schmitt, President and CEO of Purolator today announced the addition of 200 hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) to its fleet throughout the country – nearly doubling the company’s hybrid electric vehicle fleet, which is the largest fleet of hybrid electric vehicles for a logistics company in North America.

“As our company turns 50, Purolator is proud to continue to lead the industry towards green alternatives,” said Tom Schmitt, President and CEO of Purolator. “In 2005, Purolator was the first logistics company in Canada to introduce hybrid electric vehicles. Today, we have the largest fleet in North America.”

Since 2005, the replacement of conventional curbside delivery vehicles by hybrid electric vehicles has allowed Purolator to position itself at the forefront of environmental sustainability in Canada, with reductions of more than 2,100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and 645,000 litres of fuel.

“The addition of 200 hybrid electric vehicles is the next step to fulfilling our commitment to protect and preserve the environment we all live in,” added Mr. Schmitt.

Among the many Purolator locations receiving new hybrid electric vehicles, 43 will be added to the Halifax and Dartmouth fleet, making Purolator’s fleet operating in the City of Halifax 100 per cent hybrid electric. An additional 60 HEVs will be added in Guelph, while 19 will be added in Niagara, and finally, 79 in the Greater Toronto Area.

100 per cent of Purolator’s fleet in Halifax is hybrid electric

In Nova Scotia, Purolator’s hybrid electric vehicle initiative is partially funded by Conserve Nova Scotia through the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change.

Bill Estabrooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, who took part in the announcement, saluted the efforts of Purolator towards environmental sustainability: “Purolator has made fuel-efficient technologies a priority and is setting a great example for other businesses in the province.”

Purolator is committed to protecting and preserving the environment

The addition of new hybrid electric vehicles in its fleet is the result of Purolator’s commitment towards green initiatives. Purolator has implemented leading environmentally friendly initiatives, including a strict no-idling rule for its drivers, a route optimization program that reduces overall distances travelled by vehicles, and environmentally responsible packaging.

Purolator – proud of its Canadian heritage

Celebrating 50 years of delivering Canada, Purolator, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario is proud of its Canadian heritage. As Canada’s largest logistics company and one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™, Purolator is committed to its customers and more than 11,300 employees, including more than 3,500 couriers. From automated solutions to 24 hour pick up and delivery, Purolator provides customers with the services and customized solutions required to get their shipments across town or around the world. Purolator uses Canada’s largest dedicated air express fleet and has an extensive service network, with more than 123 operations locations, more than 140 Shipping Centres, more than 550 authorized Shipping Agents and more than 350 drop boxes.

For further information:

Katie Lofquist, Hill & Knowlton
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     Miranda Gulland, Hill & Knowlton
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