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PHOTO CAPTION: Tesco delivery service uses Modec electric truckTesco today further strengthened its green credentials by becoming the first supermarket in Northern Ireland to launch a fleet of Modec battery powered zero-emission home delivery vans.

Tesco to Launch Modec Electric Truck Fleet in Northern Ireland

The Modec electric truck, fitted with a Tesco refrigerated body, has a range of 100 miles and top speed of 50 mph.

Published: 25-Sep-2008

Tesco today further strengthened its green credentials by becoming the first supermarket in Northern Ireland to launch a fleet of Modec battery powered zero-emission home delivery vans.

The Modec van, launched at the Tesco green store at Newtownbreda, runs solely on electricity, reducing carbon consumption and each vehicle will save around nine tonnes of CO2 per year.

The vans were introduced last year into the Tesco Shrewsbury fleet as part of a pilot scheme to assess their suitability for home delivery use and the feedback was hugely positive.

Maxine Thelwell, Tesco NI.com manager, said: “We listened to our customers when they told us they are becoming more concerned about the environment. By introducing the new Modec delivery van, we aim to reduce the level of CO2 emission, thus helping to contribute to a low-carbon society.

“Not only are the new vans carbon neutral and pollution free they are also very quiet - a double benefit for urban environments. The introduction of the Modec vans is the next step in our commitment to reducing energy consumption.”

Each Modec is equipped with a custom-built refrigerated body, has the same carrying capacity as a standard Tesco.com van, covers a range of over 100 miles and is governed at a maximum speed of 50mph.

Jamie Borwick, chairman of Modec, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Tesco, which is leading the way in taking significant steps to help protect the environment. The vans have made a considerable difference to the supermarket’s emission levels and residents throughout Northern Ireland are now set to benefit from their introduction.”

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