FOSTER CITY, CALIF. — Bimbo Bakeries USA has signed a five-vehicle purchase order with Motiv Power Systems for electric delivery vans. The vehicles will feature Motiv’s all-electric EPIC 6 chassis with step van bodies built by Utilimaster Corp.
The delivery vans will feature a highly modular cargo area and multiple door configurations to provide versatility. The vehicles will be deployed for product delivery in Ceres, Calif.
“Sustainability is built into our company’s purpose — building a sustainable, highly productive and deeply humane company,” said Eric McCann, field service manager for Bimbo Bakeries USA. “We are continuously looking for new ways to preserve the environment and reduce our carbon footprint. Incorporating these vehicles into our fleet is an important step toward reducing our fleet’s dependence on fossil fuels, and we look forward to introducing the EPIC platform into our supply chain.”
Matt O’Leary, chief executive officer of Motiv, said last-mile delivery of baked foods is “a perfect case for EPIC based step vans.”
“These are high-volume, low-weight applications operating on fixed routes,” Mr. O’Leary said. “As such, they are particularly well-suited for electrification.”
B.B.U. debuted a fleet of vehicles fueled by emissions-reducing, domestically produced propane autogas in early 2016. The trucks were equipped with Roush CleanTech fuel technology and operated in three of B.B.U.’s major markets: Chicago, Denver and Washington.
Earlier this month B.B.U. received the 2019 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of its company-wide commitment to energy management strategy and leadership in the baking industry.