The UK’s fifth-largest coffee brand will switch its fleet of nearly 100 vehicles to electric over the next five years.
Cafe2U has a growing network of mobile coffee vans, serving thousands of customers in “non-traditional” locations such as office parks and community events. The company’s first electric vehicles will hit the road as part of its annual Green Coffee Fortnight.
Founded in Garforth, near Leeds in 2004, Cafe2U is making the switch as part of its goal of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral coffee company.
A spokesperson said: “To coincide with the unveiling of its first electric van and reduce its carbon footprint, the company is also launching a compostable paper cup and minimizing its paper consumption, with the company’s head office in digitizing all of its upcoming files with a deadline of 2022 to be completely paperless.
Cafe2U has launched several other sustainability initiatives in recent years, with the company launching a coffee grounds waste recycling program and replacing its plastic straws with paper alternatives in 2018.
This is in addition to the replacement of diesel generators in its vans with emission-free lithium-ion batteries in 2019.
Martyn Ward, Managing Director of Cafe2U, said: “Reducing our carbon footprint is absolutely vital for us and our customers, so we’re always looking for new ways to become even more sustainable.
“We are excited to lead the way in the mobile coffee market with our new zero emission coffee vans which are a world first.
“In addition to being better for the environment, electric vehicles will allow our franchisees to access indoor events and emission-free zones, further amplifying our message in favor of sustainable development.
Mr. Ward added, “Being the first in the world is a testament to the progressive nature of our brand and the hard work that our head office and franchisees do every day. “