- 30 July 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
John Lewis Partnership (that includes Waitrose) have announced plans to invest heavily in electric vehicles with the ultimate aim of ending fossil fuel use in its entire delivery fleet by 2030.
Two new electric van designs for Waitrose food deliveries and smaller John Lewis deliveries will save the equivalent of 20,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, the equivalent of cutting 2,500 UK households to zero emissions.
At the same time the group is building a dedicated biomethane filling station for its HGV fleet. This should reduce emissions by 80% over diesel vehicles, and each truck using the gas will same over 100 tonnes of CO2e annually over diesel equivalents.
In addition the electric vans have greater volumetric capacity – John Lewis state that as many as three diesel vans will be replaced by just two electric ones, further reducing carbon emissions per mile from the grid network charging the vans.
Justin Laney, Partner & General Manager of Central Transport at the John Lewis Partnership, says: “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. 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.”