Today, IKEA Canada announced that it has taken an important first step on the journey to fulfilling its commitment of 100% zero-emission deliveries by 2025.
The Swedish home furnishing retailer has partnered with technology-enabled logistics and last mile delivery provider, Second Closet, who will begin integrating zero-emission trucks into its fleet for IKEA home deliveries in several markets across Canada.
Second Closet has submitted a purchase order to Lion Electric, a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, for 15 Lion6 heavy-duty zero-emission trucks.
Earlier this year Amazon announced plans to purchase up to 2,500 all-electric Lion6 and Lion8 trucks from Lion Electric by 2025.
The IKEA and Second Closet co-branded five tonne EV trucks that will service last mile deliveries for IKEA locations in Boucherville, QC, Etobicoke, ON, Richmond, BC are scheduled to hit the streets in fall 2021. This will enable IKEA to achieve 20% of its ambitious zero emission delivery goals.
The retailer is committed to reaching its 2030 goal to become a circular and climate positive business by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits while growing the IKEA business at the same time.
The impacts of the global pandemic are moving consumer purchases online and thereby increasing the demand for home deliveries. It also increases the challenge this poses in terms of pollution, congestion, and noise levels in our cities. In 2020, IKEA Canada completed over 500,000 home deliveries, a 30% increase from 2019.
“Lion is delighted to have been chosen as a key partner in IKEA Canada’s incredibly ambitious goal of decarbonizing home delivery by 2025. We believe this will be the first deployment of all-electric delivery trucks at scale in Canada, serving as an example for what’s possible with electrified fleets today and setting up IKEA Canada and Second Closet for larger deployments in the near future,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.