Asda Trials Ultra Lightweight EAV For Deliveries

The supermarket trialled the EV to work out future delivery solutions.

Asda has teamed up with Oxfordshire-based micro-mobility manufacturer Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) to test a range of new commercial vehicles.

The supermarket chain used EAV’s 2Cubed commercial vehicle for two weeks to make home deliveries in Cambridge, placing particular focus on accessing hard to reach urban areas, with Asda exploring innovative solutions to deliver in pedestrianised areas and low emissions zones.

“It was great to see the reaction to the e-bike when we took it out on the road – it was really well received and definitely was a talking point at the store and with our customers,” said Simon Gregg, vice president of online grocery at Asda.

“As we look to the future of retail we have to consider new and innovative ways to continue to offer great service to our customers whilst navigating things like low emission zones and pedestrianised areas. A solution such as this would allow us to get into town and cities where access is limited, using either roads or cycle lanes.

“It’s been great to collaborate with the team at EAV and put their eCargo vehicle to the test.”

The 2Cubed ultra lightweight commercial vehicle can carry 10 fully-loaded tote boxes, which amounts to the average weekly shop for two customers. It can tackle a 60-mile delivery round more efficiently than an electric or internal combustion engined van, too.