John Lewis Partnership switches to electric delivery vans

John Lewis and Waitrose will significantly increase the use of electric vans as their online business accelerates.

The John Lewis Partnership said this move will help fulfil its ambition of ending the use of fossil fuels across its entire transport fleet by 2030.

The retailer will use two new designs of vehicle for its smaller John Lewis deliveries and for food deliveries, saving over 20,000 tonnes of CO2 every year, equivalent to the carbon footprint produced by 2,500 UK households.

Highlighted in the Partnership’s Ethics & Sustainability Progress Report, published today (29 July), the electric vans will be trialled early next year. The retailer has worked with manufacturers and data scientists to source vehicles that are the most efficient and environmentally-responsible.

They are reported to have greater capacity than their diesel counterparts. In some cases, this means replacing three diesel vans with two electric ones. The electric vans could also have a life of up to 20 years or more.

This news follows the retailer’s recent announcement that it is building a dedicated biomethane gas filling station to enable its largest heavy goods vehicles to use a low-carbon alternative to diesel. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 80 per cent, with each truck saving over 100 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Justin Laney, Partner & General Manager of Central Transport at the John Lewis Partnership, said: “As our online services rapidly expand, we’re working hard to meet our goal of operating a zero fossil fuel in the next 10 years.

“Our new electric vans are an ideal solution for home deliveries; the innovative design means they’re more efficient, but also respectful to the environment and the growing number of neighbourhoods in which we deliver.”

In addition, John Lewis and Waitrose have also committed to increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points for customers and Partnership vans in its shop car parks.