The first 100 per cent electric trucks licensed in Canada were unveiled Thursday in Vancouver.

The two Novex Courier trucks are carbon-neutral, zero emission vehicles and made their first delivery to deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston.

Johnston, who filled in for Mayor Gregor Robertson, said the trucks are an environmental step in the right direction for the city. “This will help in making Vancouver the greenest city on the planet.”

Iain Black, minister of small business, was also on hand to congratulate Novex on their environmental leadership.

“This is remarkably important and significant, because emissions from transportation actually account for 36 per cent of all our greenhouse gas emissions.”

To hammer that point home, a 13-kilogram garbage bag was brought to show how much CO2 is pushed into the air with each delivery (using the old diesel trucks). Novex has made a commitment to reduce its own carbon footprint by 70 per cent by 2015.