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Tue 22 Dec 2020 | by Michelle Urquhart

Co-op to roll out electric delivery vans

Convenience retailer to start replacing fossil-fuel powered delivery vans with electric vans, aiming to replace the entire fleet by 2025 The first of the electric vehicles arrived in stores in Hebden Bridge; Holmfirth and Hove earlier this month, with stores in Ryde, Isle of Wight and Whitby taking delivery of electric vehicles early next year. Chris Conway, head of eCommerce, Co-op, said: “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 home delivery vehicles and working collaboratively with partners with shared values we can ensure we further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, something which is essential if we are to have a healthy and sustainable natural environment to pass on to future generations.” In addition to replacing all its own home delivery vehicles, Co-op works with partners who use low and zero emission transport, including Deliveroo – where Co-op is the most widely available supermarket on the Deliveroo App. Co-op is also working with Starship Technologies and was the first UK retailer to make zero emission robot deliveries which now take place in Milton Keynes and Northampton.