The Nissan e-NV200 delivery vans will be imported over the next year from Europe.

Foodstuffs has announced that it will soon trial 28 zero emission electric delivery vans at its New World and Pak’nSave stores throughout the country, thanks to funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

“This is the first time a commercial electric vehicle fleet of this size has been trialled in New Zealand,” said Chris Quin, CEO of Foodstuffs North Island Ltd, according to whom the initiative fits perfectly with Foodstuffs’ drive to reduce environmental impacts and support brand NZ.

Interest from stores has been very positive. “Electric vehicles offer the potential to both reduce the business’ dependence on imported fuels while at the same time reducing road-based transport emissions by 100 percent,” said Quin.

The electricity powering these vehicles will be 100 percent locally generated and over 80 percent renewably generated through hydro, wind and geothermal sources.