Asda has launched a new fleet of high-tech carbon fibre delivery vans with “stunning payload improvement and a huge capacity increase”.
Asda’s 25 new vans feature a large carbon fibre pod which is insulated by 5500 recycled plastic water bottles, constructed by UK firm Penso, on top of its usual Mercedes Sprinter chassis.
While each will achieve 10 per cent more miles to the gallon than their current fleet, the key improvement is the significant increase in capacity.
This will help reduce the number of “trips, miles and hours” on the road, leading to s “significant reduction in fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions”.
“I’m really excited to launch this fleet of innovative and sustainable grocery home shopping vans which will make a real difference to cutting our carbon footprint,” Asda’s vice president of online grocery shopping Simon Gregg said.
“As a business, we are constantly looking at ways we can reduce our carbon emissions, not just because we know that sustainability is important to our customers and colleagues, but because all of us have a responsibility, and it’s just the right thing to do, making improvements wherever we can.”
The move forms part of Asda’s climate pledge to reduce emissions across its entire supply chain by 50 per cent by 2025, and follows the roll out of 50 electric delivery vehicles in May.