John Lewis phasing out diesel trucks

As part of its commitment to sustainable logistics the John Lewis Partnership has announced plans to phase out all diesel powered heavy vehicles from its fleet within the next 10 years.

The omnichannel retailer is to roll out more than 500 new vehicles that are powered by bio-methane for the John Lewis and Waitrose fleets. These vehicles emit 80% less CO2 than diesel and can still do up to 500 miles per tank.

John Lewis has been testing out bio-methane trucks for the last three years. It has 61 such vehicles in operation or about to be delivered. As part of the Low Emissions Freight and Logistics Trial, Waitrose is testing six zero emission refrigeration units too.

Justin Laney, partner & general manager of central transport, said: “We have been pioneering the adoption of long-distance bio-methane trucks in the UK and scaling this up to our entire heavy truck fleet will deliver significant environmental and operational benefits. Five bio-methane trucks produce the same emissions as one diesel lorry and they are also much quieter, helping reduce not only greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution but also noise pollution in our cities.”