Finnish retailing company Kesko has announced a €10m ($10.8m) investment to electrify its grocery trade logistics, aiming to incorporate 200 electric vehicles (EVs) in its fleet by 2030.  

The retailer will install EV charging points for heavy vehicles in of its grocery trade logistics centres. 

This initiative will significantly reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of operations. 

Kesko supply chain management, logistics and store operations vice-president Jyrki Tomminen said: “Kesko’s grocery trade logistics centres send out 700 loads across the country every day. As a large Finnish operator, we want to pave the way for more extensive utilisation of electric trucks. This is also an important step in our journey to reduce emissions, as transports account for some half the climate impact from our own operations.”  

The first updates will occur at the company’s central warehouse in Vantaa, with new charging points also planned for regional terminals in Tampere and Seinäjoki in 2024. 

Electric trucks will begin operating on the Vantaa-Turku and Tampere-Turku routes in 2025.  

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The retailer will also introduce new electric trucks for short-distance deliveries in Oulu, Turku, Mikkeli and Jyväskylä.  

Corresponding EV charging points will be constructed at these terminals, with the Kuopio terminal scheduled to receive one in 2026. 

Kesko also plans to expand the use of EVs for delivery of online grocery orders.

The electricity used for EV charging on Kesko properties is carbon dioxide emission-free. 

This initiative aligns with their science-based targets to cut Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 90% by the end of 2030, compared to the 2020 base level. 

Kesko Finland grocery transports production director Jarmo Nikupeteri said: “With the new charging points, we will be able to begin regular transports with electric trucks this year on the Vantaa-Tampere route. The plan is to gradually expand the number of electric trucks and vans in our subcontractor network, with the goal of having 200 transport EVs operating by 2030.” 

Kesko operates 1,800 stores in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden.