Natasha Asghar MS was treated to a spin in one of Tesco’s brand new all-electric delivery trucks recently.
The South East Wales politician jumped in the eco-friendly vehicle during a visit to the supermarket’s impressive distribution centre in Monmouthshire.
As well as taking the truck for a whizz around the block, Natasha also toured the company’s huge hub in Magor and found out more about Tesco’s plans when it comes to the environment.
The supermarket giant – which has a fleet of vehicles in Wales totalling more than 450 – is determined to become carbon neutral in its own operations by 2035.
Each one of the company’s trucks does on average 90,000 miles each year so switching to greener vehicles – such as the one Natasha saw first-hand – is a top priority for the company.
Despite the ambition of more electric vehicles and already rolling out three electric trucks, there will be huge challenges as currently there is not a single public truck charging point in Wales.
As well as talking about Tesco’s environmental commitments, senior staff also outlined their Dotcom Personal Shopper operation – which sees tens of thousands of orders picked and delivered every week.
After talking with senior Tesco staff, Natasha was given a tour of the supermarket’s distribution centre to see what really goes on behind the scenes.
Natasha met with warehouse workers to find out more about their day-to-day work as well as those responsible for ensuring deliveries are made on time.
Speaking after the visit, Natasha Asghar MS said:
“It was great to visit Tesco’s impressive distribution centre in my region and catch a glimpse of what really goes on behind the scenes – which a lot of us wouldn’t even think about.
“I really do take my hat off to Tesco for all the work they do, but in particular the company’s environmental commitments, including being the first UK supermarket to introduce electric trucks.
“We covered a vast array of topics during the meeting and I look forward to working closely with Tesco going forward.”