Foodstuffs imports electric delivery vans

Ashley Drake NW Thorndon

Foodstuffs imported 28 electric vans to be used for deliveries by New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square grocery stores.


The project aimed to find out how much an electric commercial fleet could save in terms of fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Foodstuffs imported the 28 Nissan 24kWh eNV200 vans from the United Kingdom as used vehicles with very low mileage (typically under 5,000 km).

They were located across a wide geographical spread, from Dunedin to Auckland and many towns in between.

Foodstuffs New Zealand officially launched the fleet in August 2017. Over the first 12 months, the 28 vans recorded more than 200,000km of driving, saving more than $43,000 in fuel and maintenance and more than 35,000kg of carbon emissions (compared to 28 equivalent petrol vans over the same period).

Surveys showed staff were highly satisfied with the vans and keen to see more purchased. However, a third of the stores were concerned by the vans’ limited range of 120km.

The project was part of Foodstuffs’ wider effort to reduce carbon emissions. Separate projects for public chargers have been approved for co-funding from later rounds of the contestable fund. The charging infrastructure is seen as an important community resource thatwill become increasingly useful to customers. 

With their brightly coloured branding, the Foodstuffs vans are highly visible on the road. 

The project was approved for $500,000 of co-funding from round one of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund. Project costs included installation of public charging stations at some supermarkets. 

Insights from this project

  • The vans have a lower efficiency rate than a typical EV such as a Nissan Leaf because they are less aerodynamic and weigh more (especially when loaded with cargo).
  • Winter brought a clear and significant reduction in efficiency, likely due to increased need to heat the cabin and demist the window, and potentially lower electrical performance of a cold battery. Driving speed and hilly terrain were also likely to have an impact.
  • Vans with the highest mileage recorded the most savings. Vans with less mileage still produced savings and enhance brand as they are very noticeable in the community. 
  • Nissan eNV200 vans with a larger 40kWh battery offer a range of 200km or more. Businesses would have to calculate if their average mileage is enough to produce a whole of life cost saving.

Find out more

Foodstuffs launches fleet of electric vans - Foodstuffs media release

Silver bullet for climate change - NZ Herald