Sainsbury’s takes a huge step towards net zero with its first all-electric fleet

UK supermarket Sainsbury’s has launched its first electric-only store delivery fleet from its Nine Elms superstore in London. 

The move sees a fleet of 12 fully electric refrigerated vans replace the diesel vans that were previously used. This marks the first time the retail giant has operated deliveries from any one store entirely using EVs.

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The existing diesel fleet runs around 2,000 deliveries every week, current estimates suggest that the new EVs can save around 57 tonnes of carbon in a year. So the transition to electric is a wonderful example of how electrifying a relatively small fleet can have a huge impact.

That’s 2,000 trips around London that are quieter, cleaner, and more responsible, which will have a knock-on effect on countless people’s quality of life. 

Patrick Dunne, Sainsbury’s director of property and procurement, said:

“We’re always looking at how we can use the latest technology to best serve our customers, whilst also doing the right thing for the planet”

Sainsbury’s aims to electrify its whole UK delivery fleet by 2035 as part of its commitment to net-zero. The launch of the electric-only store delivery fleet is a major step forward in the company’s plans to reduce its carbon footprint and become more sustainable.

Dunne continued:

“We’re thrilled to have launched a fully electric fleet in our Nine Elms superstore and we hope our customers will be delighted to learn that their groceries are being delivered with zero emissions, helping to reduce the environmental impact of their online shopping.”

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