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Mosaic, EcoWest Driven to trial world’s first electric log trucks


April 1, 2021
By Mosaic Forest Management

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Mosaic Forest Management is announcing its partnership with local Vancouver Island service provider, EcoWest Driven, to introduce several Tesla semi-trucks into log hauling. There are currently no commercially available electric log truck solutions appropriate for the terrain on Vancouver Island.

The B.C. forest sector has a significant role to play in addressing climate change. The working forest captures carbon as it grows, and wood products keep that carbon locked-up for decades. New trees are planted and the renewable cycle repeats. However, forestry operations generate tailpipe emissions, including from log trucks. Electrifying the fleet is a particularly good approach in British Columbia where over 90 per cent of power in the province is generated from clean hydroelectric sources.

“We are committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 and electrifying our log hauling fleet is a significant step in that direction” said Jeff Zweig, president and CEO of Mosaic Forest Management. “B.C. is a global centre of excellence in forestry, and we are proud to work with our local partner, EcoWest Driven, on this important project”.

“With our in-depth experience and knowledge of the forestry industry on Vancouver Island, we are excited to partner with Mosaic to utilize Tesla’s innovative electric semis into log haulers,” said Timber Johnson, director and co-founder of EcoWest Driven.

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“We have begun the process of creating charging infrastructure and a new electric vehicle maintenance facility in Parksville, B.C., to accommodate this new demand for emission-free heavy haulers,” added Jarvis Shaver, director and co-founder of EcoWest Driven.

“Mosaic’s commitment to carbon neutrality, and these innovative actions in support of that commitment, align with our CleanBC objectives to build a cleaner and better low carbon economy for British Columbians,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C. minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development.