John Lewis replaces home services fleet with electric vehicles

The John Lewis Partnership is replacing its home services fleet with electric vehicles as it strives to reach a target of transitioning 4,000 cars, vans and light trucks to EV by 2030.

Trials for the initiative will begin next month and feature a mixed charging solution incorporating depot, public network and home charging by EV technology specialist, Flexible Power Systems (FPS).

FPS will also integrate data collected into a wider electrification plan for John Lewis’ 350 vehicles, which provide home estimating and fitting services.

The move is part of the partnership’s commitment to have a zero fossil free fleet by 2030.

This pledge includes all HGVs running on  biomethane by 2028, and its delivery and the home services fleet being electrified by 2030. According to the retailer, a fossil free fleet will give it an 80% carbon reduction versus BAU diesel and an estimated 504,000 tonnes of CO2 saving.

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The partnership also aims to electrify all light trucks, vans and cars by 2030. For farm vehicles, a sector where this is not currently possible, HVO biodiesel will be used.

“This is another step along the path of the John Lewis Partnerships ambition to move completely away from fossils fuels in the fleet by 2030, saving an estimated 500,000 tonnes of CO2 between 2020 & 2030. This is a wonderful opportunity to test how electric vehicles work for us in home services. The team are extremely excited to get out on the road and to begin driving these new vehicles,” said John Lewis Partnership’s product services field manager Kate Cosco.

Flexible Power Systems managing director Michael Ayres added: “Companies like The John Lewis Partnership have to electrify their fleets to combat climate change. Replacing commercial diesel fleets with electric vehicles is just one part of the picture.

“We need to bring together the ecosystem of chargers, power management and operational interfaces required to keep fleets serving customers efficiently.”

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