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PFG Adds Electric Transport Refrigeration Units to Fleet

New technology introduced in California
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Photograph courtesy of Performance Food Group

RICHMOND, Va. — Performance Food Group is introducing 10 net-zero emission refrigeration trailers to its fleet at the company’s Gilroy, Calif., distribution center. Through a partnership with Advanced Energy Machines (AEM), the Transport Refrigeration Units (TRUs) are solar-supported electric refrigeration vehicles capable of maintaining temperatures down to negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

As part of the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitment, PFG is shifting towards sustainable technologies in accordance with the California Air Reso Board (CARB) zero-emission requirements on TRUs operated and sold in California by the end of 2029.

“With this first wave of all-electric PFG TRUs, we take an important step to cutting down the greenhouse gas emissions from our trucks and trailers and achieving our ESG commitment of reducing power consumption intensity by 20 percent by 2030,” said Craig Hoskins, president and chief operating officer of Performance Food Group.

Since the introduction of the net zero-emission TRUs in June 2021, PFG estimates the use of more than 6,500 gallons of diesel fuel has been eliminated, reducing the Gilroy distribution center’s carbon footprint by 73 tons. The all-electric TRUs have accumulated more than 13,000 hours of run time, driven more than 100,000 miles and completed more than 1,000 routes with more than 12,000 deliveries. PFG plans to continue its carbon footprint reduction efforts by introducing more all-electric TRUs to its fleet over the next two years.

Performance Food Group, based in Richmond, Va., is one of the largest food and foodservice distribution companies in North America with more than 150 locations in the United States and parts of Canada. PFG and its family of companies market and deliver food and related products to more than 300,000 locations, including independent and chain restaurants; businesses, schools and healthcare facilities; vending and office coffee service distributors; and big box retailers, theaters and convenience stores.

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