The new eStar electric trucks will be deployed in San Francisco, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Hartford, Conn., with two trucks in Los Angeles.
The Navistar eStar vehicles can run up to 100 miles per charge and be fully recharged in six to eight hours. The super-quiet eStar cuts down on noise pollution and its unique windshield design provides 180-degree visibility, an additional safety feature for drivers. Its low-floor design makes loading and unloading easy as well.
Coca-Cola said the introduction of the eStar vehicles into its fleet is part of its commitment to energy efficiency and the use of alternative fuel vehicles.
In North America, Coca-Cola is also evaluating light-duty propane and natural gas options and is training its drivers in eco-driving techniques, such as minimal braking and early gear changes, through the Company’s proprietary Smartdriver program.
Currently, Coca-Cola has the largest heavy-duty hybrid electric fleet in North America with more than 650 hybrid delivery trucks deployed in major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Miami.