Shanghai is the first stop on the retailer's global mission to convert entirely to electric-vehicle delivery, part of its broader goal to significantly reduce its environmental impact

Swedish home goods mega retailer Ikea recently made a pledge to use only electric vehicles for its deliveries by 2025. The promise came with a shorter-term goal: to establish the service in five major cities around the world by 2020, including New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

The retailer has chosen Shanghai to start. As of January 23 of 2019, Ikea has established that all orders in the inner city are delivered via electric vehicles. This change was made possible by working with local communities to make sure that they would have the proper resources to set up charging stations, as well as actually acquiring the vehicles. The fleet of EVs is distributed through a partnership with Shanghai's DST, a company that leases electric vehicles.

Angela Hultberg, manger of sustainable mobility at Ingka Group (IKEA's parent co), tells FastCompany, “We wanted to challenge both ourselves and others, and Shanghai is one of the biggest cities in the world. A city that struggles with air pollution, the very problem we’re trying to address, seemed like a perfect place to start.” Switching to a global electric delivery vehicle system is just part of Ikea's mission, as it will also encourage its customers to think more environmentally and make lower-emission decisions by shopping at the smaller stores in urban areas that Ikea is building.

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Swedish home goods mega retailer Ikea recently made a pledge to use only electric vehicles for its deliveries by 2025. The promise came with a shorter-term goal: to establish the service in five major cities around the world by 2020, including New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

The retailer has chosen Shanghai to start. As of January 23 of 2019, Ikea has established that all orders in the inner city are delivered via electric vehicles. This change was made possible by working with local communities to make sure that they would have the proper resources to set up charging stations, as well as actually acquiring the vehicles. The fleet of EVs is distributed through a partnership with Shanghai's DST, a company that leases electric vehicles.