Salvos Stores are the first charity retailer in Australia to have an electric vehicle in their distribution fleet thanks to the generous donation by SEA Electric. This electric vehicle emits zero carbon emissions and this will help reduce Salvos Stores emissions of CO2 by approximately 2 tonnes each year. (per SEA Electric)
As part of SEA Electric’s philanthropic activities, The SEA Foundation has generously donated an electric vehicle to Salvo’s Stores. The value of this donation is estimated at approximately $50,000.
“The SEA Foundation was created by the shareholders of SEA Electric. An Australian automotive technology company, that has commercialised 100% electric power-system technology for the urban delivery vehicle sector. In doing so, we are removing many diesel polluting vans and trucks from around the globe and replacing them with zero emission alternatives. Says Tony Fairweather, Group Managing Director, SEA Electric.
Here at SEA Electric we not only want to improve the impact on the environment, but also to improve the lives of those within our community. We’re excited to donate this 100% electric vehicle to the Salvation Army, which will assist them in their future charitable endeavours.” Said Mr. Fairweather.
The donation of this electric vehicle will help to further Salvo’s Stores commitment to being a more accessible pillar of the community, providing greater support to community by being able to facilitate some last minute collections.
“We would like to extend our deepest thanks to SEA Electric for the donation of this electric vehicle. The donation of this vehicle will allow us to be more versatile in the way we respond to last minute home collection requests and with the increase in donation volume in the wake of the Marie Kondo craze, it couldn’t have come at a better time.” Said Neil Lund, General Manager of Operations, Salvos Stores.
Salvos Stores is focusing on minimising impact on the planet by continuously striving for new ways to reduce impact. Introducing the first electric vehicle into its fleet of trucks is a step to a more sustainable future and a new way of operating a large logistics network.
“We really appreciate the generosity of SEA in providing us with this amazing electric vehicle. It’s a great opportunity for Salvos Stores to be the first charity retailer with an electric vehicle in it’s fleet and as we focus on finding ways to continue to reduce our environmental impact, this is a big step in the right direction. Our corporate partners are a vital part of what we are able to do as a charity retailer and this donation opens so many doors for us to be more responsive and agile to our community’s needs.” Said Matt Davis, National Director, Salvos Stores.
The Salvos Stores 100% electric home collections truck was launched on Wednesday 18th September 2019 at the Salvos warehouse in Noble Park. In picture Eva Zelos, Acting Managing Director – Salvos Stores, and Glen Walker, Regional Director Oceania – SEA Electric.