Sainsbury’s becomes first retailer to introduce electric refrigerated trailers

Sainsbury’s has become the first UK retailer to introduce fully-electric refrigerated trailers to its delivery fleet. 

The five new 100 per cent electric trailers will cut down on environmental pollution, by converting kinetic energy into electricity, keeping the onboard fridges cool and reducing energy consumption, according to the Big 4 grocer.  

The launch of the trailers comes a decade ahead of the UK government’s own target to be better for the planet.  

Sainsbury’s also revealed it will invest £1 billion into its operations to eliminate carbon emissions and “significantly reduce energy costs.”  

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“Following a successful trial earlier this year, we are pleased to introduce this pioneering technology as part of our delivery fleet,” Sainsbury’s director of property, procurement and cost transformation Patrick Dunne said.  

“As we look to the future we will continue to invest in testing and trialling to make our fleet more efficient and greener, creating energy at the same time.” 

Transport minister Rachel Maclean added: “It’s brilliant to see an iconic British business embrace this pioneering technology as we all strive towards a zero-emission future. 

“We want the UK at the forefront of the electric revolution, and this government is investing £1.3 billion to help build the best infrastructure in the world.”  



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