Lafarge Canada announced a milestone in its commitment to sustainability and achieving net-zero emissions: The concern is electrifying its work truck fleet in conjunction with North American electric vehicle supplier Vicinity Motor Corp., reducing scope 1 emissions on site.

In collaboration with VMC and automotive dealer Pioneer Automotive Group, Lafarge Canada has selected a purpose-built, “custom-upfit,” all-electric industrial vehicle - the VMC 1200, the company said in a July 20 news release. 

Lafarge Canada is deploying two all-electric VMC trucks in its British Columbia aggregates and ready-mix operations, which the company says signifies a shift toward “sustainable transportation solutions.” As Lafarge expands its fleet, the statement added, additional VMC models will be integrated throughout 2024.

"I am extremely proud of this industry-leading initiative with Vicinity Motor Corporation, a company rooted in British Columbia,” said Lincoln Kyne, senior vice president of Lafarge Canada BC Market. “With a proven track record in producing reliable electric vehicles that operate across North America, I am excited … to collaborate on the design of new models for our business lines in the coming years."

Brad Kohl, CEO of Lafarge Canada (West), added that the benefits of the company’s electrification effort are twofold: delivering cost savings and reducing scope 1 emissions on site. 

“Each VMC 1200 truck is estimated to reduce site emissions related to transportation by 6200 tons of CO2 annually,” Kohl said. “[This] showcases Lafarge's firm commitment to sustainability and its role in combating climate change.”

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