In mid-May, ReFood Spain became the first company to test a fully electric truck at the ReFood plant in Llerona (Spain).
This is an important contribution against climate change and a response to customer expectations.
As part of the commitment to decarbonization, the logistics of all our businesses play a key role in reducing our environmental impact and carbon footprint. This involves the use of various tools such as route optimization, eco-efficient driving, as well as the use of alternative fuels to diesel.
Currently, several European cities like Barcelona, Paris or Madrid are implementing access restrictions to improve quality of life and reduce CO2 emissions. This, along with increased demands from the customers, has posed a challenge for truck manufacturers, who have had to innovate for vehicle efficiency (Euro 5-6) and develop new technologies such as electric vehicles, fuel cells, and synthetic fuels.
In this context, collaboration with long-standing partners of the SARIA Group, such as Mercedes, is particularly important in order to jointly study different mobility models and determine which one best meets future needs and, above all, offers maximum benefits to customers. During the week of May 8-12, 2023, an all-electric 27-tonne Mercedes eActros was used in Llerone, one of ReFood’s main sites in Spain. With a customized route plan, experienced drivers, and a range of 300 km, the vehicle efficiently completed various routes and served specific customers.
The data collected by Mercedes through its telematics system will allow ReFood to evaluate the viability of this model. At the same time, ReFood is organizing further trials in other countries within the O2P division to gain comprehensive experience.
One thing is certain: ReFood and the O2P division will continue to work on reducing its own carbon footprint, and in doing so, alternative mobility solutions to fossil diesel, among others, will be the answer to current and future environmental challenges. In this context, partnerships with companies that want to tread the path of sustainability together with us will be particularly important.