Giant Food, a greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, has deployed two new electric Giant Delivers vehicles.
The electric step-van vehicles join Giant’s fleet of 128 vehicles based in Hanover, Maryland, making daily deliveries to customers throughout Giant’s markets of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.
The deployment was made possible through a grant awarded to Giant by the Clean Fuels Incentive Program, created and managed by the Maryland Energy Administration. The program is designed to create a cleaner and greener transportation sector within Maryland and improve the state’s economy and environment in the process.
Over the next several years, Giant plans to transition more of its fleet to all-electric. The new vehicles can cover 105 miles on one charge out of the Hanover warehouse and Giant Delivers drivers won’t have to stop for gas.
“Cleaner transportation is part of Giant’s larger sustainability efforts and commitment to supporting the local environment,” said Joe Urban, VP of distribution operations at Giant Food. “We are excited to bring these vehicles into our Giant Delivers fleet and kick off the transition to all-electric delivery.”
The two vehicles were purchased from Motiv Power Systems, a Silicon Valley innovator of medium duty all-electric trucks and buses engineered and made in America. The vehicles will produce zero emissions and quieter operations while still providing the same grocery storage capacity. Over the lifetime of the vehicles, they are expected to displace more than 210,000 gallons of petroleum and reduce GHG emissions by 63 percent.
“We are thrilled to represent another EV milestone through our Clean Fuels Incentive Program for Maryland,” said Mary Beth Tung, MEA director.
“As we continue to cement our standing as a transportation electrification leader, we know that supporting the deployment of fleet electric vehicles reduces our reliance on foreign petroleum and emissions, while also lowering operating costs for businesses.”
For more information about its sustainability efforts, visit giantfood.com/pages/sustainability.