This year, Tesco has already rolled out 30 electric vans, with plans in place for a further 150 in 2022. The supermarket chain plans to have a fully electric delivery vehicle fleet by the end of 2028.
As part of the first phase of the electrification programme, EO is supplying more than 200 AC fast chargers and five DC rapid chargers across five sites.
The charging depots in Lakeside, Oxford, Enfield and two sites in Glasgow will serve both day-to-day charging requirements, as well as emergency cover in case of short turn-around times required for vehicles.
The partnership will see EO, whose fleet charging solutions are already used by some of the world’s leading corporations in the UK and Europe including Amazon, DHL, Go-Ahead and Uber, taking care of end-to-end electrification for Tesco.
This includes upfront consultation to charging hardware, ongoing support, maintenance and onsite Service Level Agreement (SLA) for mission-critical charging infrastructure.
Tesco’s charging infrastructure will be managed by EO Cloud. This is a dedicated depot software that combines charge scheduling, site load management, vehicle telematics integration and energy data to reduce infrastructure installation costs and optimise fuel cost per vehicle.
This is good news that Tesco are taking their move to electric deliveries seriously and leading by example. Plus, it’s good for EO, who recently executed an operations and management programme covering several thousand AC chargers at more than 50 sites across six countries for one of its clients.
Charlie Jardine, EO Charging CEO, said: “Tesco is one of the largest and most important businesses in the UK so it’s a privilege to play a part in its transition to electric vehicles as part of its decarbonisation strategy.
“Our focus now is to help the business optimise its fleet performance and provide round the clock support and ongoing maintenance of their charging infrastructure.”