Woolworths Group has announced its aim to make all of the company’s home delivery trucks 100% electric-powered by 2030, in a first for an Australian supermarket, which see more than 1,000 EVs added to roads around the country.

Woolworths Group has welcomed the first of 27 new EVs that will deliver groceries to Sydney customers across the CBD, Inner West, Sutherland Shire, St George region and Eastern suburbs over the next two months.

The trucks will operate out of Woolworths Customer Fulfilment Centres in Mascot ands Caringbah, which are dedicated to picking and packing online orders. The centres have installed new EV charging infrastructure in preparation.

The delivery fleet is currently made up of 1,200 trucks and growing but it is anticipated that the last combustion engine vehicle will join the fleet by 2027 as they are decommissioned and replaced with EVs.

Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci said, “Our home delivery trucks are a familiar sight in neighbourhoods across Australia, and within the next seven years, we want to make every one of them electric, and free of fossil fuels.

“The case for a low carbon future has never been clearer and we’re backing a better tomorrow for our communities and the planet by starting the transition now. We’re proud to be putting 27 new EVs on the road in the coming weeks – in one of the many ways we’re working to make grocery shopping greener.”

Woolworths Group will continue to increase its use of electric and low emissions freight vehicles across its Primary Connect supply chain logistics business.

Through the company’s ongoing decarbonisation initiatives, Woolworths Group intends to reduce its overall operational transport emissions by around 60% by 2030, and to have decommissioned more than 3,000 internal combustion engine vehicles.