A few years ago, the IKEA group started a new ecological strategy, aiming to considerably reduce its carbon footprint. Last year, the Scandinavian group carried out a test on the side of the Netherlands, aiming to introduce a new delivery system, via electric cargo bikes. A visibly conclusive test, since this delivery system on three wheels should begin to be deployed gradually in the rest of the world.
Electric (and solar) bikes at IKEA
Today, IKEA announces that it has decided to step up a gear and give all IKEA stores around the world the opportunity to add a more sustainable, accessible and profitable alternative to their home delivery fleet in their market. . In the future, we should therefore see these “SunRider” bicycles flourish throughout the world, which have a range of approximately 100 km, not to mention a solar charging system, with the possibility of charging up to 150 kg of material.
By 2030, the ambition of the IKEA group is to make progress on the climate front by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, while of course continuing to develop its activity. To this end, the SunRider bike can accommodate around 90% of the IKEA product range, while emitting 98% less CO2 than traditional diesel vans.
And in France ?
As far as France is concerned, IKEA started a few days ago to deliver to certain Parisian customers… by the Seine. Orders are prepared at the distribution center in the port of Gennevilliers (92), before being transported in suitable containers by boat to the port of Bercy (Paris XII). Here, orders are loaded onto electric vehicles (via Trusk) to complete the “last mile” to their recipients.
According to IKEA: “The use of the Seine allows IKEA to avoid urban congestion on the approach to Paris and thus secure the delivery time. The entire IKEA assortment can be delivered using this solution.“This river link is intended to be deployed from the IKEA Customer Distribution Center at the port of Limay (78), which will open in 2026.
The company also estimates that river freight emits up to 5 times less CO2 than road freight for a ton transported and that this new way of delivering to Parisian customers makes it possible to reduce the number of kilometers saved each year by around 300,000 kilometers traveled by truck between the Gennevilliers depot and Paris. Remember that IKEA France aims to supply all its customers with 100% zero-emission solutions in France by 2025.