Majestic shifts entire delivery van fleet to electric

Majestic is accelerating plans to transform its entire fleet of delivery vans from diesel to fully electric vehicles.

The wine retailer will roll out 35 new Citroen eBerlingo and eDispatch electric vans before the March 2024, with half of those expected to hit the road before this December.

It means Majestic will introduce more than double the 16 electric vans it had previously hoped to bring into its fleet in 2023/24. Those 35 vehicles alone will strip out more than 700,000 diesel-powered road miles every year, reducing Majestic’s CO2 emissions by up to 170,000 kg.

Majestic CEO John Colley said that as its fleet is among the “busiest in retail”, the wine retailer is “acutely conscious” of its carbon footprint and “the need to go greener.”

“As a business, we are determined to grow in an environmentally responsible manner and the transformation of our fleet to fully electric vehicles will slash our carbon emissions by more than 1.2 million kilograms every year,” he added.

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“We are committed to driving positive change for our customers, colleagues and the planet. Removing all diesel vans from our fleet by 2030 – ahead of the government’s delayed ban on the sale of new diesel vehicles – is a key part of that plan.

“But we can only do that with the right infrastructure of electric vehicle chargers in place across the UK, and with cooperation from our landlords to help us to install charging points across our portfolio of stores.”

The retailer’s broader pledge to switch its entire fleet of 216 vans to fully electric vehicles would save 5 million diesel-powered miles every year and strip out 1.2 million kg of CO2 emissions – slashing the retailer’s carbon footprint.

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