When we caught up with Ash Drake, Services Store Manager at New World Thorndon, he was busy shining the wheels on the new store delivery van. Ash and the online shopping team are deservedly proud of this Nissan e-NV200 van – it’s 100% electric.
Since they started using the van in July, New World Thorndon has already saved 1,600 kg of CO2e*. The van is one of 28 around New Zealand, purchased by Foodstuffs (New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square supermarkets) to help reduce their carbon footprint.
Our van is so much fun to drive. It’s super efficient, smooth on the road, and really reliable. We’re driving over 130km on one charge – more than enough for our daily catering and online shopping deliveries. We get lots of comments from our customers – they often want to stop and chat about the van, or even take a drive!
— Ashley Drake
Electric Vehicles — why they are awesome!
Emissions from vehicles make up a whopping 20% of New Zealand’s carbon emissions. Electric vehicles are a great way to reduce these emissions. We are very lucky that most of our electricity is generated from renewable energy sources like wind and water, which means using EVs reduces your emissions by 80%!
We reckon electric vehicles are also pretty fun to drive, as they make very little noise, have amazing acceleration, and are really cheap to run. No wonder they are taking off!