IKEA Plans For Zero-Emission Last-Mile Deliveries

SEP 21 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

IKEA is going electric in megacities.

IKEA Group announced, that by 2020, it intends to perform last-mile home deliveries in five major inner cities – Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Shanghai – using all-electric or other zero-emission vehicles (sounds like hydrogen fuel cell vehicles).

Reaching 100% EV deliveries in central parts of the largest cities is the base step. By 2025, it could become standard in other IKEA markets.

IKEA Group targets include:

  • Zero emission home deliveries, targeting five prioritized inner cities (Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai) by 2020.
  • Aim for 100% of home deliveries by electric vehicles (EV) or other zero-emission solutions by 2025 (aim of 25% by 2020).
  • Access to charging stations for EVs across all IKEA Group touchpoints across 30 markets, such as stores, offices, and distribution centers by 2020.
  • Aim to halve relative emissions from co-workers and customers travelling to IKEA Group touchpoints by 2030.

Jesper Brodin, CEO, IKEA Group (Ingka Holding B.V. and its controlled entities) said:

“We challenge ourselves and inspire others as we can only achieve the change that’s needed together. For us it’s crucial to grow our business in a sustainable way– that’s why we’re speeding up the transition to EV in five inner city areas. By 2020 all our home deliveries in central Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai will be by EV or other zero emission solutions,”.

Helen Clarkson CEO, The Climate Group said:

“By switching to EVs for home deliveries at this pace, IKEA is setting a strong example for clean transport in city centers, where zero emissions zones will one day become the norm. They are enabling their customers to play a key part in accelerating the roll out of electric vehicles overall,”.

Andrew Steers, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute said:

“IKEA Group has led the world on science based targets and now we can have our BILLY book cases delivered on zero emission vehicles. Thank you,”

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Several IKEA stores in Norway have chargingstations. I have used them.

25% in 2020, 100% in 2025 — now that’s a reasonable timeline 🙂

Ikea in the Netherlands rents out a “bakfiets” for a very low cost. A bike with a large cargo area. Ideal for the students shopping for their new rooms in the city. A very nice solution!

Electric deliveries within the same city should hardly be a problem. Good for them to make it reality.
I always get a smile on my face when I see DHL delivering in my hometown with their electric Streetscooter.

PostNL has also replaced some cars with some big electric cargobikes and they are starting to receive the electric Renault Master.

I discovered by accident, that IKEA in the UK and Ireland also sell solar panels and batteries for the home. (Do they advertise this? Its almost a secret). The systems online are modest, such as 8 panels, at very cheap prices by US standards. At these low prices, they should come to the US; I would buy them and they would be a market leader here.
Example: “Rooftop PLUS / A customised solar system designed to optimise energy production and maximise your investment.
6 Panel system, Black / SOLSTRÅLE Rooftop PLUS / £3800”

All IKEA in germany are getting equipped with EV fast chargers. Some (like my local IKEA store) also have the StreetScooter electric truck for rent so that you can carry your Billy home.