The main supermarket and hypermarket chains operating in Spain have decidedly opted for a more sustainable and ecological mobility, which takes the form of different actions, such as electric or gas delivery or transport vehicles, as well as the installation of stations or points of electric recharging or electric stations for customers in the parking lots of supermarkets.
For example, the chain of hypermarkets and supermarkets Carrefour has had the Tropos vehicle, 100% electric, with zero particle emissions and a very low acoustic footprint since last April.
In addition, since 2019, the company has been working in Barcelona with Scoobic, another 100% electric vehicle, approved as a scooter, but capable of carrying up to 1,400 liters of cargo. And since last year, Carrefour has also used electric bicycles for some deliveries in its hypermarket in the Barcelona town of Cornellá.
Apart from electric mobility options, at Carrefourthey use megatrucks and trucks powered by liquefied natural gas. They reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 95% and hardly generate particulate emissions. They are quieter than traditional vehicles, which significantly reduces noise pollution in cities.
The company already performs 90% of the services to its supermarkets in Madrid with natural gas, which allows an annual reduction of 7,000 tons of CO2. As explained from Carrefour, “megatrucks are used to reduce the number of routes in the transport of goods from logistics platforms to our centers and gas trucks are also used for logistics service to hypermarkets”. For their part, they add in the company, “electric vehicles are often used in urban deliveries.”
Mercadona , the leader in food distribution in Spain, has also reinforced its commitment to sustainable vehicles. At this time, it maintains contracted, in regular service, a fleet of 96 trucks powered by compressed natural gas, two more than in 2019. Likewise, it continues to carry out tests with 100% electric vans in home delivery and has advanced with the plan of transformation of diesel vans to dual fuel diesel / LPG for delivery of orders to beehives or warehouses, and for home delivery in Madrid.
At the same time, Mercadona has continued to demand the highest standards in terms of emissions, as evidenced by the fact that 99% of its logistics provider’s truck fleet is made up of engines with Euro VI, Euro VI C and Euro VI standards.
Euro VI D, currently the most restrictive in terms of polluting emissions. Within these good logistics practices, the “purchase on dock” strategy also stands out, which involves going to the supplier’s facilities to collect the goods in order to make better use of the fleet and the filling of trucks.
For its part, Alcampohas recently expanded to 75 the number of stores in which Revoolt provides home delivery services, a company specialized in ZeroCO2 solutions that has a sustainable multimodal fleet, such as pedal tricycles, mopeds and gas electric vans for medium distances.
For the delivery of merchandise from logistics warehouses to stores, the company has continued to develop its sustainable urban distribution project in the cities of Zaragoza and Madrid, using a fleet of two gas-powered trucks that reduce noise pollution and CO2 emissions.
Regarding the European regulations governing the pollution of the vehicles used, it should be noted that 62% of the trucks used are certified in the European regulations on emissions as Euro 6; 23% are Euro 5; and 12% are Euro 4. In addition,
Lidl has a fleet of 80 trucks powered by vehicular natural gas – double the number in 2018 – in seven of its delegations, while it is carrying out tests with electric vehicles as a possible alternative to conventional ones.
As they remember in the chain, in 2019, and for the second consecutive year “Lidl has been recognized with a Lean & Green star for reducing its emissions by an additional 10% to the 20% that we already reduced in recent years and for which we obtained the first star in 2018 In this way, we became the first company in Spain to obtain two Lean & Green stars. ” In addition, Lidl offers 130 charging points for electric vehicles in about 50 stores throughout Spain.
Ahorramas has also moved to sustainable transport with actions such as the recent expansion of its fleet with 53 ecological vehicles, which has reached a total park of 135 Eco cars, to which is added a natural gas van incorporated in 2019.
They develop a technology Hybrid that improves engine performance, optimizes fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions. Additionally, the chain offers its customers 40 recharging points -with a very low energy cost- for electric vehicles in its new supermarkets or in those that have been refurbished. This year it is expected to reach 55 points.
For its part, the Asturian chain Alimerka has just incorporated into its logistics center in Lugo de Llanera (Asturias) a MAN truck of 26 tons that happens to be the first 100% electric in the retail sector, and that it will use for the distribution of fresh products.
With this new vehicle, whose recharging energy comes from the Alimerka photovoltaic installation in the Principality, the last mile routes will be made in the urban areas of Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés. In one year it plans to roll 60,000 kilometers, which will mean a reduction in emissions of up to 60 tons.
Boosting the renewal of fleets
In Asedas, the Spanish Association of Distributors, Supermarkets and Supermarkets, they recall that the distribution sector has made important advances in recent years in the renewal of fleets, “some chains have reached 100% and others are between 80% and 90% “with electric vehicles or those that use liquefied gas.
He adds that “the automation of logistics platforms allows the optimization of routes and loads”, and underlines that “at the moment large tonnage trucks with noise minimization systems are used, which access the stores at off-peak hours. fleet with small trucks would mean an increase in emissions of over 55% “.
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