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Sainsbury’s makes UK first with electric vans for home delivery

Sainsbury’s is reinforcing its commitment to sustainable practices by becoming the first UK supermarket to trial electric van technology for home deliveries.

Initially using one 100% electric van – named Evie – the trial will run until May when a second vehicle will be added and the plan is for further electric zero-emission vans to be added by the supermarket in order to service more online shoppers.

Clodagh Moriarty, chief digital officer at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Evie to the team and lead the charge in putting the latest electric van technology to the test for grocery deliveries. We’re always looking at how we can use the latest innovations to best serve our customers and this trial will help us explore how we can deliver Sainsbury’s groceries in a more environmentally-friendly way.”

Evie will make up to 30 deliveries per day from Sainsbury’s online fulfilment centre in Bromley-by-Bow to shoppers in central and East London where it will be charged overnight. This gives the van an expected range of 80 miles on a single charge.

The trial will determine whether using electric vehicles is an efficient way to deliver groceries to shoppers in busy cities and highlights Sainsbury’s mission to drive further innovation in its business and improve service to customers.

The electric vans follow the introduction by Sainsbury’s in April 2018 of a fleet of five electric cargo bikes – with zero emissions and no noise pollution – that are used to deliver groceries in South London.