Waitrose unveils new green fleet

Written by: Callie

Posted on February 20, 2017

Waitrose unveils new green fleet

Supermarket group Waitrose has entered into a new partnership with CNG Fuels that will now see the retailer undertake a far-reaching green overhaul of its fleet operations.

Ten new biomethane compressed natural gas (CNG) lorries have been added to the company's fleet, with each offering a range of up to 500 miles between refueling.

General manager for central transport for the John Lewis Partnership (which incorporates Waitrose) Justin Laney stated: "With Europe’s most advanced CNG trucks, we will be able to make deliveries to our stores without having to refuel away from base. Using biomethane will deliver significant environmental and operational benefits to our business."

Each of the new vehicles costs 50 per cent more to run than a standard diesel, but with considerable savings in other areas, the new vehicles will provide a full return on investment within three years.

Mr Laney concluded that the new CNG vehicles are much cleaner and quieter than their diesel counterparts, and mean the company can operate five CNG trucks in place of one diesel vehicle for the same level of emissions.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at The Green Journey, adds: "It is great to see one of the nation's most high-profile supermarket chains is taking seriously its responsibility for protecting the environment, especially due to the high mileage of the company's vehicles in delivering goods across the whole of the country."

 

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This story was posted by Daniel Crosby, Assistant Marketing Executive at the Fuel Card Group.