The Warehouse Group has recently unveiled four custom EV trucks to service its home delivery network. The trucks are the first in the market to deliver whiteware, general appliance and larger items and will operate in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Christchurch from next week onwards.
Customer deliveries will be carried out within a 220km roundtrip radius from distribution centres in the respective locations. Chief sustainability officer, David Benattar says the roll out of the EV trucks is another step in The Warehouse Groups’ journey towards sustainability.
“Moving goods to our customers is an essential part of our operations and decarbonising our transport and logistics is one of our business priorities.
“It is our hope that the introduction of these trucks will accelerate the commercial uptake of electric vehicles because we will be able to demonstrate their viability in operational practice.”
The retailer’s acquisition of the EV trucks was part funded by the government’s Low Emissions Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority).
EECA Transport portfolio manager, Richard Briggs, says investing in electric vehicles really pays off as heavy vehicles have a disproportionate carbon footprint.
“Right now, there are only a little over 200 heavy EVs registered in New Zealand, so we’re pleased to support organisations like The Warehouse Group who are taking a leadership role in the sector and encouraging others to electrify their own fleets,” says Briggs.
As one of New Zealand’s largest retailers, The Warehouse Group recognises it has a crucial role to play when it comes to decarbonising the economy, however understands it can not be achieved alone.
“The deployment of decarbonisation solutions requires collaboration between a wide group of stakeholders to make them economically viable and operationally successful,” says Benattar.
“The introduction of our EV truck fleet is a perfect demonstration of what can be achieved with partner collaboration.”
In 2019, The Warehouse Group transitioned 30 percent of its vehicle fleet to EV before the end of that year. Currently 59 percent of the Group’s passenger fleet is EV, with plans to transition 100 percent to electric within the next two years. The transition of 70 LPG forklifts is also planned for within the same timeframe.
The Carbon Disclosure Project has recently awarded The Warehouse Group an A- for its best practices in the fight against climate change.