Electric vans boost capacity

Asda electric buggy

ASDA has rolled out electric vehicles at eight stores across Scotland to support its online delivery and click and collect services.

The electric vehicles are being used as part of the click and collect service at Cumbernauld, Edinburgh, Galashiels, Robroyston, Ayr, Kirkcaldy, and Milton stores.

Asda’s electric vehicles are used to take goods from the store to click and collect lockers – a task previously carried out by home shopping vans, therefore increasing delivery capacity during the coronavirus outbreak.

Emma Ford, senior director of operations development for online grocery, Asda said: “We are always looking for ways to innovate in areas where customers care, while still providing an excellent customer experience.

“These vehicles allow us to do this by increasing capacity for click and collect customers and enabling us to understand how we can better utilise electric vehicles across our fleet.”

The introduction of electric vehicles forms part of a wider carbon-cutting campaign for Asda. The supermarket has set a target of reducing its emissions by 50% by 2025 and has also committed to working with its suppliers on solutions to tackle climate change and reduce food waste.