Giant Food is doubling down on its sustainability efforts by debuting two brand new fully electric Giant Delivers vehicles.
The two new electric step-van vehicles join the retailer’s fleet of 128 vehicles based in Hanover, Md., and will begin making daily deliveries to customers throughout its Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware markets, the company said.
Made possible through a grant awarded to Giant by the Clean Fuels Incentive Program, or CFIP, created and managed by the Maryland Energy Administration, or MEA, the vehicles’ deployment is part of a program designed to create a cleaner and greener transportation sector within Maryland.
“Cleaner transportation is part of Giant’s larger sustainability efforts and commitment to supporting the local environment,” said Joe Urban, vice president 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.”
Over the next several years, Giant plans to transition more of its Delivers fleet to all-electric. In addition, the two new trucks, which are the next stage of Giant’s commitment to making a positive environmental impact, can cover 105 miles on a charge, the company said.
“We are thrilled to represent another EV milestone through our Clean Fuels Incentive Program for Maryland,” said MEA director Mary Beth Tung. “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.”
The vehicles were purchased from Motiv Power Systems, a Silicon Valley innovator of medium-duty all-electric trucks and buses engineered and made in America. Each vehicle will produce zero emissions and quieter operations while still providing the same grocery storage capacity, the company said.