CarMax Pilots All-Electric Semi for Used Car Transport
CarMax, the biggest used car retailer in the US, is testing its first electric semi-truck in California's San Joaquin Valley.
The truck, used for hauling vehicles, can carry up to seven cars and travel about 230 miles on one charge. CarMax is checking how well it works in real-life conditions and using its Stockton store as a hub for quick charging.
By replacing a traditional diesel truck with this zero-emission vehicle, CarMax aims to decide if more electric trucks could be used in the future. This move aligns with their commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025 and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“We are excited to test the efficiencies of the all-electric semi-truck within our transportation fleet and to see how this vehicle can support our overall sustainability efforts,” said Matt Aman, vice president of Logistics at CarMax. “At CarMax, we are committed to collaborating with industry innovators, like Penske, to incorporate technologies into our business that will help us reduce our carbon footprint.”
CarMax has made good progress toward its 2025 emissions reduction goal, with a more than 10% reduction in 2022. They have improved energy efficiency in stores with LED lighting and increased the use of renewable electricity. Recently, CarMax ranked 13th on the EPA's Green Power Partnership Top 30 Retail list, with 36% of their electricity coming from green sources.
For more about CarMax's commitment to sustainability, check out https://socialresponsibility.carmax.com/.