February 18, 2020

Evie leads charge in greener deliveries

Sainsbury’s is claiming a UK supermarket first with the latest recruit to its home delivery fleet – an electric van. Affectionately called Evie, the van will deliver to customers across central and east London.

Evie is based on an LDV EV80 chassis cab van with a Carrier Neos refrigeration unit. The conversion was carried out by Lawrence David.

Evie will drop off about 30 orders a day in a trial that aims to gauge whether the technology could be an efficient way of delivering groceries to city customerss.

With an expected range of around 80 miles on a single charge and capacity to carry the same weight as a diesel vehicle, the van will operate from Sainsbury’s centre in Bromley-by-Bow, re-charging overnight.

Later this month Evie will be joined by Stevie – this time a BD Auto e-Ducato – which will also take on delivery duties for customers across central and east London. If successful, the duo could be joined by additional electric vans in other areas said Sainsbury’s.

In April 2018, Sainsbury’s became the first UK grocery retailer to deliver online grocery orders via electric cargo bike. A fleet of five bikes, producing zero emissions and no noise pollution delivered up to 100 online orders a day to customers across South London from the Streatham Common store.