Foodstuffs has announced it will trial electric delivery vans with zero emissions at its New World and Pak’nSave stores in New Zealand.
The New Zealand government is providing funding support for the trial programme, with will be used for 28 delivery vans.
“This is the first time a commercial electric vehicle fleet of this size has been trialled in New Zealand,” Chris Quin, CEO of Foodstuffs North Island said in a company statement. “Our business practices are continually evolving to be more sustainable – this is demonstrated through our work on recyclable packaging, food donation, natural refrigeration systems and energy efficiency and ensures the business will be well placed over the coming years.
“[The trial programme] fits in perfectly with Foodstuffs drive to reduce environmental impacts and support brand New Zealand. Electric vehicles offer the potential to both reduce the business’ dependence on imported fuels whilst at the same time reducing road based transport emissions by 100 per cent.”
Foodstuffs is also looking to install electric vehicle chargers at its stores’ car parks.
“The idea is that the provision of easily accessible charging facilities will encourage the public to gradually transition away from petrol and diesel cars to sustainable electric vehicles. You will be able to charge your car whilst grabbing your groceries,” said Quin.