Boots introduces Renault Kangoo ZE Electric Vans for Distribution
UK pharmacy Boots has announced that it is launching a pilot programme to explore the potential for pharmaceutical distribution with electric vehicles (EVs) in the country. The announcement underscores an evident attempt by Boots to electrify its distribution fleet in the future.
According to the announcement, the pilot programme is being launched by Boots with five Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans. The vans will be used by Boots initially for delivering prescriptions in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Upon the successful completion of the pilot programme, Boots plans to expand the use of EVs for delivering prescriptions across the UK.
The pilot programme launched by Boots is being backed by Nottingham City Transport’s ‘Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Scheme.’ In supporting Boots’ electrification efforts, Nottingham City Transport will deploy additional charging stations at various Boots locations.
In reference to its pilot programme with EVs for delivering prescriptions, Boots UK said that it manages extensive amounts of travel for pharmaceutical distribution. As such, the use of EVs can unfold ample opportunity for the company to reduce its carbon footprint.
Highlighting the fact that Boots UK runs “more than 9,500 routes a week with a van fleet of 900,” Eddie Storr -- the company’s head of supply chain pharmacy -- said: “We are continually looking at ways to improve both the efficiency of our service and its environmental impact.”