Tesco celebrates milestone with 500th electric delivery van

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Tesco said it has cemented its position as the leading supermarket when it comes to electric home delivery vans by announcing its 500th electric van.

500th van heads to Sheffield

The van will go into service at the supermarket’s Sheffield Extra store, making it the store the first in Yorkshire to have a fully electric fleet.

The store runs 14 home delivery vans, making 2,500 deliveries each week.

Since Tesco introduced its first EV home delivery van in 2020 in Greater London, the electric vehicles powered by clean green energy have replaced 15 million diesel delivery miles.

More than 30 Tesco stores and centres are now operating fully electric home delivery vans across the UK, helping improve air quality in urban areas and reducing emissions.

Tesco’s fleet of 5,500 home delivery vans deliver to 150,000 customers across the UK every single day.

As part of its ambition to become carbon neutral in the UK by 2035, the supermarket brand has committed to operating a fully electric home delivery fleet in the UK by the end of 2030.

By moving the whole UK delivery fleet to clean green electric power, it would be equivalent to taking 22,000 cars off the road each year.

Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK & ROI, said: “The delivery of our 500th EV home delivery van to our Sheffield Extra store is an important landmark as we move towards a fully electric fleet across the UK by 2030.

“Making this change will reduce our carbon emissions as a business, improve the air quality for the communities we serve in Sheffield, and help us reach our commitment to be carbon neutral in our own operations by 2035.”

Gill Furniss MP, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, said: “It’s great to see Sheffield have a fully electric dotcom fleet – this is brilliant for the local community.

“We know moving to electric vehicles can contribute towards improved air quality and it’s great to see retailers like Tesco making investments like this in Sheffield.”

Decarbonisation Minister Jesse Norman said: “Electric vehicles are a key part of the UK’s move to a Green growth economy. It is great to see businesses like Tesco embrace this technology to help make supermarket deliveries more sustainable.”

“For its part the Government has supported over 40,000 electric vans and HGVs across the UK through the Plug-in Van Grant, supporting businesses and individuals to decarbonise.”