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IKEA Australia partners with JET Charge for electric charging infrastructure network

The $4.5 million investment will see IKEA Australia implement a national charging network using JET Charge’s EV infrastructure

IKEA Australia has announced a $4.5 million investment in a national charging infrastructure network that will allow for more electric deliveries around the nation.

In a new partnership with JET Charge, IKEA will establish electric charging and energy management systems for six vehicles at each of IKEA’s 10 stores around Australia, with a further charging network for 28 vehicles established at its Central Distribution Centre warehouse in Sydney’s Marsden Park.

The multi-million-dollar investment in dedicated electric chargers for delivery partner fleets will allow supply chain companies to access low-cost charging for a range of electric delivery vehicles.

With IKEA deliveries being carried out by delivery partners who each have their own network of truck and van drivers, the investment will support delivery drivers through improved access to low-cost charging infrastructure.

With public charging infrastructure currently catering to only passenger vehicles, this new network will see a mix of AC and DC charging options provided to IKEA delivery partner trucks and vans.

The options include 22kW and 20kW for overnight charging and 75kW and 150kW for fast charging, as well as the JET Charge CORE energy management system that controls energy onsite.

JET Charge is currently completing the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

This move follows IKEA’s recent commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, following IKEA becoming the first home furnishing retailer in Australia to use electric vehicles for home deliveries in 2019.

This month, 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 past 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,” IKEA Australia zero-emissions delivery lead Alexandra Kelly says.

“By investing in 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.

“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.”

JET Charge CEO Tim Washington says providing reliable electric vehicle charging infrastructure is key to the adoption of electric fleets in the logistics sector.

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

“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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