Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Walmart Canada Ups Order for Tesla Semi Trucks Transitioning to Cleaner Fleet

Photo Source: Walmart Canada/Tesla



Operating 410 stores and directly employing 85,000, Walmart’s presence in Canada went from virtually nothing to being one of the country’s largest, most-influential retail businesses over the course of nearly 25 years. While there are varying positive and negative views of Walmart Canada by the population in general, there is no deputing in the fact that the company is currently the go-to physical destination for Canadians. Understandably, moving goods from coast to coast requires a great deal of energy. Even if dealing with e-commerce, large quantities of items need to flow often through the use of transport trucks. Walmart Canada maintains a massive logistical network that includes 8.75 millions square feet of total distribution space. Despite importance for moving goods across Canada, the retailer is now focused in reducing the amount of energy consumed and emitted for daily distribution. In a bold 10-year plan, Walmart Canada will convert their entire vehicle fleet to operate alternative energy supplies with a soon-to-be released all-electric truck serving a major role.   

Shortly after the announcement of Tesla’s potentially game-changing Semi truck late last year, Walmart placed an order for 10 vehicles. Early this September, Walmart Canada has quadrupled their initial plans in purchasing Tesla’s soon-to-be released all-electric transport truck. Committing to 40 Tesla Semi trucks, the ultra-sleek 0.36 drag coefficient-conforming shape projects a bold, new image for Canadian roads. When the full order of Tesla Semi vehicles will be integrated into the retailer’s fleet, Walmart Canada is going to possess the one of the largest collection of electric vehicles by a company in this country.

By 2028, Walmart Canada plans to go operate a vehicle fleet on alternative energy solutions. Beyond the Tesla Semi trucks, details for the plan have not been fully revealed. In 2010, the company’s opening of its Balzac fresh food distribution centre involved a number of features focused on sustainability including hydrogen fuel cell forklifts.

The Tesla Semi is an upcoming purely electric transporter primarily boasting a useful range up to 800 kilometers. Propelled through four electric motors located at the rear axles, the Tesla Semi demonstrates impressive performance attributes that exceed those of traditional transport trucks including 0 to 100 kilometers per hour acceleration in just 25 seconds and the ability to travel more than 100 kilometers per hour on a 5 percent grade. The vehicle comes with an advanced safety suite consisting of Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and a complement of cameras surround the vehicle.

Of the 40 Tesla Semi trucks, half of them will be based in Walmart Canada’s upcoming distribution centre in Surrey, British Columbia. The high-efficiency, high-technology location was set for construction in 2021 and is described as a zero-waste facility when it is set to open in 2022. The Tesla Semi trucks will serve an important part in the environmentally-conscious distribution centre. The remaining count of the all-electric transport truck will be deployed at Walmart Canada’s Mississauga, Ontario distribution centre around the same time period.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

First-Ever Porsche Sports Car Built Will Visit Toronto This Weekend

Photo Credit: Porsche AG


For the limited time when North American climate permits, exotic and classic pieces of motoring are given a chance for be seen as well as heard. Sadly, we’re entering into the final days of summer of 2018. It’s been another year where the bright, warm roadways have doled out some savoury automotive eye-candy that succeeds in dazzling our sights. Before shorter days and the regrettably inevitable trek towards cooler Canadian temperatures will ultimately draw those machines into hibernation or migration, a few remaining treats remain. Appearing at Vancouver’s Luxury & Supercar Weekend between September 7th and 9th, Porsche’s crown jewel 356 No.1 Roadster will continue its brief summer layover in Canada as it will arrive in Toronto this weekend.

A vital component to German sports car maker’s 70th anniversary celebrations in 2018, the Porsche 356 No.1 Roadster is scheduled to appear on September 15th and 16th at the Toronto Harbourfront. The weekend in Toronto will be the second and last Canadian stop for what is an extraordinarily important vehicle to Porsche.

The car that started a seven-decade legacy that has emerged into admiration on roadways and a dauntless spirit in motorsports, the Porsche 356 No.1 Roadster is a humble representation of what the automotive marque would become. Spawned from the idea of a Volkswagen sports car, Ferdinand Porsche and his son Ferry was the driving force of what was vehicle “Number 1" assembled in a small garage in Austria. For the elder Porsche, the car proved to be an important postwar stepping stone after years where the engineer’s contributions were towards the Germany military.

A hand-built, aluminum-bodied open-top vehicle, the 356 No.1 Roadster was constructed using many parts used on the early Volkswagen Beetle (Ferdinand Porsche’s previous engineering masterpiece) with a steering system, axles and brakes donated to the sports car. Powered by a 35-horsepower, 1.1-liter engine, the Porsche 356 No. 1 Roadster made its first public outing on February 5, 2018 with Ferry Porsche behind the wheel.


Photo Credit: Porsche AG



While wearing the 356 nameplate that ran from 1948 to 1955, the No.1 Roadster contains a number of distinguishing features. Similar to the first 52 hand-built examples of the 356 produced through a two-year period assembled in Gmund, Austria, the 365 No.1 Roadster’s aluminum body construction was a rarity as Porsche elected for steel bodies when production was relocated to Stuttgart, Germany. The Porsche 356 No.1 Roadster is also uniquely defined with a mid-mounted engine as opposed to the rear-engine 356 production cars.

As a young auto company in need of money, Porsche sold their first car last in 1948. In the hands of several private owners, Porsche 356 No.1 underwent a number of modifications that included enhancing braking system, enlarging the displacement size of the engine from 1.1-liter to 1.5-liter and reworking of the car’s original body. Porsche recovered the 356 No.1 Roadster in 1958 and is currently one of few automakers able to claim ownership of their first-ever vehicle.

One of seventeen stops on the 70 Years of Porsche Sports Cars tour, the Toronto Harbourfront appearance of the Porsche 356 No.1 Roadster comes as the sports car company touts 8,249 vehicles sold in the Canadian market for 2017.