We’re taking a step towards a greener future by introducing five refrigerated electric delivery trucks to our online shopping service, which will eliminate approximately 135,000kg of CO2 emissions annually.
The new trucks are part of our overall drive to lower carbon emissions across the business, which have been steadily decreasing over the last three years. Each truck is expected to be able to drive around 220 kilometres before recharging and has a refrigerated unit, including a separate freezer compartment, to ensure food safety and quality, particularly in warmer weather.
The first truck, located at Countdown St Johns, will service customers in St John’s, Greenlane, Remuera, Stonefields and St Heliers. Over the coming months, four more refrigerated online delivery electric trucks will roll out in Auckland’s Grey Lynn, Newtown in Wellington, Hornby in Christchurch and Queenstown.
In the last three years we’ve reduced carbon emissions across our business by almost 15 per cent. We believe that electric vehicles will play an important part of New Zealand’s lower energy future and by investing in electric delivery trucks we’re not only generating fewer emissions, but also helping to future-proof our growing online business by looking at how we operate to make sure we can provide as a sustainable service as possible.
The cost of the five trucks is around $700,000 in total. Last year we were awarded an EECA grant of $387,500 to help with the cost of converting diesel trucks to electric.
As well as introducing the five electric online delivery trucks, 15 electric charging stations have been introduced in five of our Hamilton Countdown stores as well as our support office.