Sainsbury’s Online is ordering an additional 50 electric vans from Smith Electrics, which it reckons will make its electric delivery fleet the largest in Britain.
Jat Sahota, Sainsbury’s head of corporate responsibility, said: “We believe this to be the largest order of its kind by a UK retailer. We are committed to using electric vehicles wherever possible, so customers can expect to see more and more of our ‘little green vans’ appearing on roads across the UK over the coming months and years.”
Sainsbury’s Online, TNT Express and DHL Supply Chain have teamed up to work with the mayor of London to encourage wider take-up of commercial electric vehicles.
Tom Bell, regional managing director, TNT Express UK & Ireland, said: “London was the natural choice to trial TNT’s first zero emission vehicle three years ago, and since then we’ve deployed them around 23 other major towns and cities. TNT fully supports the mayor’s initiative in London and we are happy to share our expertise and knowledge with all City Hall stakeholders to ensure the capital has a much greener future on the roads.”
Mayor Boris Johnson said: “We are now going to work hand in hand with fleet owners to accelerate the take-up of electric vehicles, which are available to buy right now. This is a key element of my plan for London to become the electric capital of Europe, so now is the time for other companies to join us on this eco-mission.”