Sainsbury’s introduces first fully electric refrigerated trailers to its fleet
Sainsbury’s has become the first UK retailer to introduce fully electric refrigerated trailers to its fleet.
The retailer said the trailer aspect of the lorry is 100% electric which means its fridges do not emit carbon emissions or particulate matter such as dust, dirt, soot or smoke into the air.
The new technology adds charge back into the battery by converting kinetic energy into electricity. This keeps the onboard fridges cool and reduces energy consumption.
Over the next 20 years, Sainsbury’s is planning to invest £1 billion into its operations to eliminate carbon emissions and reduce energy costs.
Patrick Dunne, director of property, procurement and cost transformation at Sainsbury’s, said: “Following a successful trial earlier this year, we are pleased to introduce this pioneering technology as part of our delivery fleet. As we look to the future we will continue to invest in testing and trialling to make our fleet more efficient and greener, creating energy at the same time.”
“We will continue to introduce fully electric refrigerated trailers to the delivery fleet over the next 20 years based on Sainsbury’s and Argos’s energy infrastructure, helping us to plan for a better future.”
Transport minister Rachel Maclean added: “It’s brilliant to see an iconic British business embrace this pioneering technology as we all strive towards a zero-emission future. We want the UK at the forefront of the electric revolution, and this Government is investing £1.3 billion to help build the best infrastructure in the world.”
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