John Lewis Partnership trials new electric vehicles across home services fleet
The John Lewis Partnership is replacing its home services fleet with electric vehicles as it looks to reach a target of transitioning 4,000 cars, vans and light trucks to EV by 2030.
A trial of the initiative will start next month with the establishment of a mixed charging solution incorporating depot, public network and home charging by EV technology specialist, Flexible Power Systems.
FPS will also integrate data collected into a wider electrification plan for the 350 home services vehicles, which provide home estimating and fitting services for John Lewis. The project follows a successful joint wireless van charging trial currently underway at Waitrose at St Katharine Dock in London.
The move is part of the partnership’s commitment to have a zero fossil free fleet by 2030. This will include all HGVs running on biomethane by 2028, and its delivery and the home services fleet being electrified by 2030. A fossil free fleet will give John Lewis Partnership an 80% carbon reduction versus BAU diesel and an estimated 504,000 tonnes of CO2 saving.
In addition, the partnership will aim to electrify all cars, vans and light trucks by 2030. In sectors where this is not currently possible, such as for farm vehicles, HVO biodiesel will be used.
Kate Cosco, John Lewis Partnership’s product services field manager, said: “This is another step along the path of the John Lewis Partnerships ambition to move completely away from fossils fuels in the fleet by 2030, saving an estimated 500,000 tonnes of CO2 between 2020 & 2030. This is a wonderful opportunity to test how electric vehicles work for us in home services. The team are extremely excited to get out on the road and to begin driving these new vehicles.”