Asda has announced a market first as it launches a new fleet of home delivery vans, which will aim to drive down carbon emissions and reduce the number of miles driven each day.
The new carbon fiber fleet has a 10% improvement in miles per gallon and with an increased capacity inside, the 25 vans can delivery to more customers, drastically reducing miles on the road and cutting carbon emissions.
In addition, Asda’s new vans have been insulated using 5,500 recycled plastic water bottles which have made them 300kgs lighter than the standard model.
Simon Gregg, Asda’s Vice President of Online Grocery Home Shopping said:
“I’m really excited to launch this fleet of innovative and sustainable grocery home shopping vans which will make a real difference to cutting our carbon footprint.
“As a business, we are constantly looking at ways we can reduce our carbon emissions, not just because we know that sustainability is important to our customers and colleagues, but because all of us have a responsibility, and it’s just the right thing to do, making improvements wherever we can.
The vans will be on roads across the country, focusing on areas where drivers have increased mileage to reach customers in remote areas such as parts of the East Coast.11
The secret of carbon reduction is lightweight. Asda successfully cuts the weight of every delivery van with 300kgs and thus efficiently reduces fuel consumption. Carbon fiber is a new material for van body panels. The skin and core of panels can be varied for specific uses. For example, PU foam panel for heat insulation and CFRT skin for aerodynamic skirts.