Co-op to introduce electric vehicles to home delivery fleet

Date : 14 December 2020

Co-op has announced plans to replace its entire fleet of fossil-powered home delivery vans with electric versions.

200 diesel vans phased out by 2025

The move indicates Co-op’s commitment to accelerate zero emissions deliveries and reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2025.

The retailer intends to use initially Renault Kangoo EVs. However, the choice of model might change as the rollout progresses.

Co-op will be using the new vehicles starting this month in its stores in Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth and Hove, while stores in Ryde, Isle of Wight and Whitby are due to take delivery of these vehicles early next year.

“A healthy and sustainable natural environment”

Chris Conway, Head of eCommerce at Co-op, commented: “Our focus is to continue to innovate and look for new and better ways to do business in our communities and to expand access to our products and services.

“In addition to offering quality and value quickly, easily and conveniently, we need to do this sustainably, and by replacing all our own vehicles and working collaboratively with partners with shared values we can ensure we further reduce greenhouse gas emissions which is essential if we are to have a healthy and sustainable natural environment to pass on to future generations.

It’s important to note that the retailer chooses its courier partners based on their low and zero carbon emissions credentials, including Deliveroo and startup Starship Technologies, which uses autonomous robots to carry out home deliveries in Milton Keynes and Northampton.

By the end of 2020, Co-op is due to offer online shopping with home delivery through its own website from more than 1,000 of its stores, in collaboration with various partners: Deliveroo / Pinga (East London), BuyMie (Bristol), Gophr (Scotland), Zoom!1HR (Welsh borders) and Starship Technologies (Milton Keynes and Northampton).

What to know more about Co-op's sustainability and delivery plans?

Read our Strategic Outlook for Co-op report (subscription required) for an overview of Co-op's strategic priorities for 2021, including driving e-commerce and its 'Future of Food' sustainability goals.