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Woolworths' electric online delivery vehicles are on the road

“We are thrilled to be a part of this collaboration! Recognising our role in the transport and logistics industry, we have raised our sustainability ambitions and committed to reaching net zero emissions across our operations by 2050."

DSV Woolworths electric vehicle

Woolworths is the first South African retailer to embark on an extensive rollout of electric panel vans (EVs) in partnership with DSV and Everlectric to deliver their customers’ online purchases in and about Gauteng and Cape Town.  This move is part of the company’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting sustainability in the retail industry.

“Last year we announced our commitment to electric delivery vehicles, and we are delighted to now have nearly half our fleet powered by the sun.  The new electric vehicles have been introduced on selected routes in Cape Town and Gauteng with further rollouts and extensions into KwaZulu Natal planned to follow as soon as possible.  We have bold sustainability goals and ambitions, which included the goal to have ZERO nett carbon emissions by 2040 so this investment is a big step towards these goals.  On an annual basis these 41 vehicles will have the potential to save over 400 000 kgs of tailpipe carbon emissions. With the exponential growth of our online business, switching to electric delivery vehicles is a smart and sustainable solution that benefits everyone,” confirms Liz Hillock, Woolworths Head of Online and Mobile.

“To power the vans, electricity will be sourced as far as possible from renewable sources by utilising DSV’s extensive solar infrastructure at their Gauteng and Cape Town facilities. Should there be any exception to renewables recharging, DSV and Everlectric will work with an audit firm to procure Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset any indirect grid energy emissions,” explains Hillock.

Electric online delivery vehicle stats:

  • Electric panel vans can drive up to 300km per charge.
  • Woolies online delivery vehicles drive an average of 150km – 220km per day.
  • Electric vehicles perform the same and mostly better than a normal car. The acceleration is better, and they generally have more torque (power) which is important for carrying heavy commercial loads.
  • They have regenerative braking which assist the electric vehicles to perform most efficiently in stop/start traffic conditions (the opposite to normal vehicles). This urban efficiency, combined with the almost 5 cubes of space and 1 ton capacity make these delivery vehicles perfect for urban logistics.
  • There is ‘live advanced telematics’ in the Woolies electric delivery vehicles which allow for the maximisation of operational efficiencies, increased daily range and ensures driver safety.
  • This telematics has the ability to remotely limit power and speed
  • Woolworths’ online electric delivery vehicles are limited to a top speed of 120 km/hour

Click on the link below to watch the feature that aired on Expresso (SABC3)

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