Sainsbury’s is now delivering to customers relying on its Nine Elms London superstore using a fully electric fleet

The delivery fleet is made up of 12 vans with both the vehicle and fridge units powered by electricity, with zero emissions of carbon, dust, dirt, soot or smoke.

The new vans also operate much more quietly, helping to reduce noise pollution in local communities.

The supermarket said its Nine Elms store in south London makes over 2,000 deliveries on average each week, covering approximately 1760 miles, so the electric vans will save 57 tonnes of carbon annually.

Sainsbury’s intends to become net zero and operate a fully electric fleet at all its stores by 2035.

Patrick Dunne, director of property and procurement at Sainsbury’s said: “We’re thrilled to have launched a fully electric fleet in our Nine Elms superstore and we hope our customers will be delighted to learn that their groceries are being delivered with zero emissions, helping to reduce the environmental impact of their online shopping.”

Last year, Sainsbury’s introduced LED lighting across its entire estate, reducing lighting energy consumption by an average of 70%.

It currently operates with 100% renewable electricity and by the end of 2023 the retailer projects that up to 40% of its electricity will come from new-to-the-planet wind and solar power.