The largest New York City-based chain of drug stores, Duane Reade, announced that they’ve partnered with Smith Electric Vehicles to bring zero-emissions delivery trucks to their fleet. Smith’s Newton electric delivery trucks are capable of going over 100 miles on a single overnight charge, have regenerative breaking systems, can carry 16,000 pounds of goods, and have an annual upkeep cost that is 1/3 to 1/2 less than a regular diesel truck. Move over gas guzzlers, New Yorker’s shampoo will now be delivered with a smaller carbon footprint.
“In having a significant part of our retail foundation within the most dynamic urban center in the world, we want to do our part to conserve energy across all areas of operation by lowering our carbon footprint in addition to creatively integrating low-energy output solutions within Duane Reade stores,” said Paul Tiberio, SVP Merchandising & Chief Marketing Officer of Duane Reade. Tiberio added that with the help of Milea Truck Group and Continental Truck Body, Duane Reade was able to build the bodies of the Newton trucks here in the Big Apple, helping to provide more jobs for New Yorkers.
Duane Reade is the first pharmacy group in the United States to choose electric vehicles for delivery purposes. The chain of 250 New York stores is part of the Walgreen’s brand, which owns 7,700 stores — and has a presence in all 50 states. Perhaps the electrification of part of the Walgreen’s brand fleet will help push the rest of the brand in the zero-emission, long-term cash saving direction.