Takeaway delivery company Just Eat has announced that it will replace 175 diesel vehicles in its corporate sales fleet with electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025.
On April 22, Earth Day, the company said it wanted to “use our scale and influence to drive a more sustainable future for the food delivery industry” by reducing single use plastic and food waste. Electric vehicle transition is another long-term aspect of the company’s strategy.
“Our courier hubs in continental Europe are kitted out with bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Compared with a typical petrol-powered delivery model, our own delivery model has therefore an emission intensity up to nine times lower, depending on the market,” Just Eat said.
“And on top of that, we are continuing to explore opportunities for transitioning 100% of our corporate and sales car fleet to electric vehicles by 2030.”
The corporate sales fleet is initially set to be replaced by CUPRA Born and Volkswagen ID.3 EVs, which have ranges of over 260 miles. These cars are used by sales teams to visit prospective restaurant and grocery partners and provide support to existing partners.
The company partners with almost 70,000 restaurants and other food companies across the UK, which means its fleet needs a wide range of capabilities applicable to different areas of the UK.
The move is part of a wider transition which will see all of Just Eat’s cars become EVs by 2030 in order to meet the company’s net zero targets. Removing fossil fuel cars from the company’s sales fleet will reduce its emissions by up to 480 tonnes per year, Just Eat said. The first 12 cars of the fleet are already in operation.
“Our sales team is committed to providing services to restaurant partners up and down the UK and by replacing all our vehicles with electric vehicles, we are further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our environment for future generations,” Just Eat’s UK sales director Leigh Phillipson said.