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Food transports go electric in NZ trial

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/01/2017

Shoppers at the new PAK'nSAVE Supermarket. © Shutterstock Shoppers at the new PAK'nSAVE Supermarket. Food delivered to New World and Pak'nSave supermarkets will be transported by electric vans as part of the government-backed Foodstuffs trial.

It's the first time a commercial electric vehicle fleet of this scale will be trialled in New Zealand, chief executive Chris Quinn says.

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins announced on Thursday the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority will help pay for the 28 zero emission vans across both the North and South Islands.

Mr Quinn says the move will not only reduce the company's dependence on imported fuels but also eliminate all road-based transport emissions.

"Add to this the fact that electricity powering the vehicles is 100 per cent locally generated and over 80 per cent renewably generated through hydro, wind and geothermal sources - meaning we are investing in both New Zealand's economy and its environment," he said.

The vans will be imported from Europe over the next year and are able to travel up to 150km per charge.

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