In December 2009, Sainsbury’s announced it was purchasing an additional 50 Edison electric chassis cabs from Smith Electric Vehicles, for its online grocery delivery service. Added to the existing fleet of 20 electric commercial vehicles, the supermarket now has the largest fleet of electric delivery vehicles in the UK.
The vans are deployed in the London area, meaning 60 percent of central Londoners will have their groceries delivered in one of these environmentally responsible vehicles.
“We are absolutely committed to using zero emissions vehicles where possible as they help keep inner city air clean. Also, the electricity used to power them generates around 50 per cent less CO2 than diesel vans. This means that the addition of the new vans will reduce our road transport emissions by around 155 tonnes of CO2 each year.”
Neil Sachdev, Sainsbury’s Commercial Director
“I am determined to put London at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution as they become a mainstream choice. This is cracking news from Sainsbury’s which will help deliver to Londoners not only their groceries, but all the benefits of going electric such as cleaner air and fewer carbon emissions. It shows that a commitment to this technology even in leaner times, is good for businesses and great for our environment.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson