Albert Heijn introduces electric minibuses for grocery deliveries

Amersfoort, Netherlands: Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has introduced electric minibuses in Amersfoort for grocery deliveries.

The retailer expects to roll out light electronic vehicles for grocery deliveries in the country over the next two years. The initiative kicked off with two electric vehicles in Amersfoort and the retailer plans to operate 14 vehicles by June. The minibuses have a range of up to 130 kilometres, a maximum speed of 65km per hour, and can transport 36 crates or cool boxes.

Electric cargo bikes will also be tested in the city centre of Breda in the coming months. The bikes have a loading capacity of twenty crates or cool boxes, and if the pilot is successful, delivery bicycles will be rolled out in more cities.

The initiative is part of Albert Heijn’s plan to deliver emission-free groceries in city centres from 2025.

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