Smith Electric Vehicles received an order from J Sainsbury Plc for 51 Edison Electric vans. In June, Sainsbury announced it would buy another 50 electric vans, but did not specify the vendor at the time. (Earlier post.) Smith also won the fleet management contract, renewable annually, to maintain and service the new vehicles for Sainsbury’s.
The vehicles will be deployed in Sainsbury’s Online grocery delivery service in London and will make Sainsbury’s one of the largest operator of commercial electric vehicles in the UK. The vans will be delivered in the first half of 2010.
Sainsbury’s was an early adopter of Tanfield’s commercial electric vehicle technology and has used electric vans in its online shopping delivery fleet since 2006. Sainsbury’s remains committed to its target of utilizing electric vans for 20% of all online shopping deliveries.
We are absolutely committed to using zero emission vehicles where possible as they help keep inner city air clean. Also, the electricity used to power them generates around 50 per cent less CO2 than diesel vans. This means that the addition of the new vans will reduce our road transport emissions by around 155 tonnes of CO2 each year—Neil Sachdev, Sainsbury’s commercial director
The Edison electric van, produced in collaboration with Ford of Europe, utilizes a Ford Transit chassis to house Tanfield’s electric vehicle technology. Designed for urban operations, Edison has a restricted top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h) and a range of up to 100 miles (161 km) on one battery charge.