UK mobile café and coffee van franchise provider announces plans to upgrade its entire fleet to electric vehicles, and launches ‘world’s first’ emissions-free coffee van
Cafe2U plans to upgrade its 100-vehicle fleet to electric over the next five years | Photo credit: Cafe2U
Cafe2U has announced plans to transition its fleet of around 100 vehicles to electric over the next five years. The conversion will reduce the mobile coffee company's carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 12,672 per year, according to a press release, with the first electric vehicles scheduled for introduction in late September 2021.
Founded in 2004, Cafe2U provides mobile coffee van hire for workplaces and events across the UK. The company also offers franchise services, and currently has a network of more than 85 franchise partners in the UK.
"Reducing our carbon footprint is absolutely vital to us and our customers so we're always on the lookout for new ways to become even more sustainable. We are delighted to be leading the way in the mobile coffee market with our new zero emissions coffee vans which are a world first,” said Martyn Ward, CEO, Cafe2U.
"As well as being better for the environment, electric vehicles will enable our franchisees to access indoor events and emission-free zones, amplifying our pro-sustainability message even further. To be the world’s first is testament to the progressive nature of our brand and the hard work both our head office and franchisees put in each and every day," added Ward.
The UK plans to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, with significant upgrades to the national electric vehicle charging infrastructure planned over the next decade.
In May 2021, coffee giant Costa Coffee signed a partnership with InstaVolt to install rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points at 200 new and existing drive thru stores in the UK.