Just Eat plans to replace its entire corporate sales fleet, currently consisting of 175 diesel vehicles, with 100% electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025.
The fleet is used by sales teams within Just Eat to visit prospective restaurant and grocery partners and to provide ongoing support for current partners already on its platform.
Just Eat UK partners with 68,000 restaurants and groceries in the UK, from busy cities such as London, Manchester and Liverpool to remote towns in Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands. Therefore, the EVs will need to offer a wide range of capabilities that can satisfy the varying demands of each area sales team.
This initiative is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com’s wider plans for transitioning 100% of its corporate and sales car fleet to EVs by 2030 as per the company’s net zero target for direct operations.
In 2021, Just Eat launched its Responsible Business Framework identifying key areas (Planet, Food, People & Society) to take positive action to drive sustainability across the industry.
Just Eat said it is showing its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by removing its fossil fuel vehicles in its UK sales fleet, reducing its carbon emissions up to 480 tonnes per year. The drive towards EVs means that the Just Eat UK sales team will be using only EVs by 2025, with the first twelve vehicles already on the road.
The sales team have opted to initially replace their diesel vehicles with the 100% electric CUPRA Born and Volkswagen ID.3 due to the range of over 260 miles and advanced driver technology. The vehicles will sport complete Just Eat branding.
“Our sales team is committed to providing services to restaurant partners up and down the UK and by replacing all our vehicles with electric vehicles, we are further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our environment for future generations,” explained Leigh Phillipson, Just Eat UK sales director.
As part of its mission to drive sustainability through the UK rapid delivery sector, Just Eat has launched numerous campaigns. This includes Just Eat and Notpla’s ongoing partnership to provide seaweed based compostable packaging to restaurants as well as a recent carbon labelling trial in partnership with My Emissions. Just Eat also conducted research with Hubbub into food waste, resulting in a trial with restaurants which gave customers the option of a smaller chip ‘waste-less’ portion size.