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IKEA Australia Invests $4.5M Into Electric Deliveries

IKEA has revealed it’s investing A$4.5 million into dedicated electric chargers for delivery fleets for IKEA stores across Australia.

This investment marks a major step towards the retailer supporting road freight logistics.

It’s a partnership with JET Charge, which will see electric charging and energy management systems installed in six vehicles for each of IKEA’s 10 stores around Australia.

Charging will also be incorporated into 28 vehicles at the Central Distribution Centre warehouse for IKEA in Marsden Park, Sydney.

IKEA deliveries are carried out by delivery partners, each with their own network of truck and van drivers.

These drivers and partners are working together to transition to a zero-emissions delivery system.

The new electric chargers will be a mix of AC and DC charging options, with 22kW and 20kW for overnight charging, and 75kW and 150kW for fast charging. There will also be the JET Charge CORE energy management system, allowing the energy to be controlled on-site.

JET Charge has started the installation and it’s expected to be completed by the end of this year.

IKEA was the first home furnishing retailer in Australia to use electric vehicle, starting in 2019. As of this month, 40 per cent of IKEA deliveries are made via a zero emissions vehicle.



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