Ocado trials pedal-powered vehicles

Ocado Zoom, part of Ocado Retail, has launched a trial of electric assisted and pedal-powered vehicles at its site in Acton, West London.

The vehicles involved include electric refrigerated vans, refrigerated EAVs (electric assisted vehicles) and pedal-powered cargo bikes which can travel up to 40 miles with an innovative refrigeration capabilities. This means that they can deliver more orders per trip taken. More drop offs during the same journey results in a more efficient delivery service and fewer vehicles on roads.

George Dean, head of Ocado Zoom said: “We’re really excited to see a new generation of vehicles out on the road. We’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and being the best neighbour we can, whilst delivering groceries to our customers as fast as possible. This trial is an important step in what I hope will be a rapid expansion of our non-emitting fleet”.

As part of Ocado Retail’s expansion plans, Ocado Zoom will open several more sites around London by 2025, enabling delivery within an hour.

The trial is part of Ocado Retail’s target to become net-zero by 2035.

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