John Lewis and Waitrose are dramatically expanding the use of electric vehicles in their supply chain in a move expected to save over 20,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
Waitrose food deliveries and smaller John Lewis orders will be carried out by new “revolutionary” electric vans starting next year.
As part of the group’s pledge to end the use of fossil fuels across its entire transport fleet by 2030, it has worked with manufacturers and data scientists to source the most efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles available.
By rolling these electric vehicles out across large portions of its supply chain, John Lewis and Waitrose hope to save the equivalent of 2500 UK households’ annual carbon footprint.
Not only will these vehicles create far less pollutants, but they also have greater delivery capacity than their fossil fuel counterparts meaning three diesel vans can be replaced by two electric vans.
The electric vehicles can also be upgraded as the technology advances, enabling the vans to last as long as 20 years.
“As our online services rapidly expand, we’re working hard to meet our goal of operating a zero fossil fuel in the next ten years,” John Lewis’ general manager of central transport Justin Laney said.
“Our new electric vans are an ideal solution for home deliveries; the innovative design means they’re more efficient, but also respectful to the environment and the growing number of neighbourhoods in which we deliver.”
It follows news that the company was building a dedicated biomethane gas filling station to provide around 120 of its larger delivery trucks with a diesel alternative, reducing emissions by 80 per cent.