DHL Parcel UK is investing £2.8 million to extend its electric van fleet and will roll out a further 50 new electric vans across UK cities before the end of 2021.
The company introduced electric vans in London earlier in the year, and while London will receive additional vans the new vehicles will also roll out to Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Leicester, Bristol and Southampton.
The zero emissions, Mercedes-Benz eSprinter L2 has a range of 95 miles and a payload of 775kgs. The bodies have been customised for ease of use for drivers and to ensure continued high service levels.
Scott Laird, vice president of operations at DHL Parcel, says: “Just a few months after our initial electric van deployment in London, we’re delighted to be entering the next phase of our roll-out plans, extending the benefits of these new vehicles across the country.”
“The environmental benefits as well as the high performance of these electric vans make it possible to continue supporting customers through the growth of ecommerce while improving air quality in major cities.”
Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to have more than 80,000 e-vehicles on the road and 60% of last mile delivery electrified by 2030. DHL now has 129 electric vehicles in operation across its UK businesses, including the UK’s first fully-electric 16 tonne truck.