IKEA invests $4.5 million in national charging network for electric deliveries

A last mile logistics van charges its battery at an IKEA store.

IKEA Australia has made a multi-million-dollar investment in dedicated electric chargers for delivery partner fleets in all of its stores across the country.

Accessibility of urban charging infrastructure is considered a frequent challenge for logistics providers.

The investment by IKEA Australia therefore represents a major step forward by a retailer actively supporting the decarbonisation of the road freight logistics sector.

In partnership with JET Charge, there will be electric charging and energy management systems installed for six vehicles at each of the ten IKEA stores around Australia, plus charging for 28 vehicles at its Central Distribution Centre warehouse in Sydney’s Marsden Park, providing drivers with accessible, low-cost charging for a range of electric delivery vehicles.

IKEA deliveries are carried out by delivery partners, each with their own network of truck and van drivers, who are working together with IKEA to transition to zero emissions delivery.

As public charging infrastructure caters to passenger vehicles only, this investment will support these delivery drivers with access to low-cost charging infrastructure for their vehicles.

The new electric chargers are a mix of AC and DC charging options to cater to the different needs of IKEA delivery partners’ trucks and vans, with 22kW and 20kW for overnight charging, and 75kW and 150kW for fast charging, as well as the JET Charge CORE energy management system which allows energy to be intelligently controlled within the site.

The installation project being carried out by JET Charge is currently underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

In 2019, IKEA became the first home furnishing retailer in Australia to use electric vehicles for home deliveries and assembly services.

As of May 2024, IKEA Australia hit a new milestone, with 40 per cent of truck deliveries to customers now made via a zero emissions vehicle.

“We have made exciting progress with electrifying our fleet, especially in the last 12 months, but we know a significant barrier for our delivery partners being able to make the switch to an electric vehicle is limited access to charging infrastructure,” said Alexandra Kelly, Zero Emissions Delivery Lead, IKEA Australia.

“By investing in a national network of dedicated chargers for electric trucks and vans at all IKEA sites, we are providing access to electric charging at the point of fulfilment where orders are being picked up,” she said.

“With the support of innovative partners like JET Charge, we hope to address key challenges like this for the freight and logistics sector.

“Supporting our delivery partners to electrify sees us move closer to our overall goal of 100 per cent zero emissions truck deliveries at IKEA Australia, but more importantly, we believe it can also help drive further positive change we want to see in the industry as an investment in the future of last mile delivery.”

In a statement, Tim Washington, CEO, JET Charge, said the reliability of EV charging infrastructure is fundamental to the adoption of electric fleets, particularly within the logistics sector where every morning counts.

“IKEA trucks and vans need to be fully charged and ready to make deliveries without fail,” he said.

“With over a decade of expertise in EV charging conceptual design, energy management, and advanced technological integration, JET Charge is committed to ensuring that all IKEA sites are not only safe but also resilient.

“We are proud to partner with visionary companies like IKEA to enable them to deliver sustainably and on time for their customers.”

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