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Walmart puts in a big order to Tesla

Walmart Canada is expanding its fleet of electric trucks.

The discounter ordered 30 Tesla 18-wheeler semi-trucks. Walmart Canada was one of the first companies to order the all-electric truck when it made its debut last November, placing an order for 10.

With 40 Tesla Semis in total, the company will feature one of the largest electrified fleets planned by a company in Canada, and will reach an initial milestone to convert 20% of Walmart’s fleet to electric power by 2022.

The first 20 Tesla Semis will be used to support Walmart Canada’s fleet base in Mississauga, Ontario. The remaining 20 trucks will be allocated to the company’s recently-announced Surrey, British Columbia sustainable fulfillment center, which is set to open in 2022. This state-of-the-art facility will feature a fully electric Walmart fleet base, a first for Walmart internationally.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lead the industry in the drive for sustainable change,” said John Bayliss, senior VP, logistics and supply chain, Walmart Canada. “By converting 20% of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2022 and committing to alternative power for all fleet vehicles by 2028, we are putting safety, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of our logistics network.”
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