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DPD introduces smart charging grid for electric vehicles


DPD is rolling out a new charging grid for its electric vehicles in the UK, allowing it to expand its fleet.
The courier is working with Rolec EV, a manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) charge points, to install the network across its 60 UK distribution centres.

The charge points will come with a range of auxiliary Rolec services, including cloud-based management system EV GroupManager and an RFID keyfob for drivers. The software will allow DPD to monitor and record EV charging activity and historical data.

Mark Wilkes, director of technical services at DPD UK, said: “DPD has always had a strong and focused environmental philosophy and the introduction of hundreds of EVs into our fleet continues to emphasise the company’s desire to minimise its impact on the environment.

“DPD’s aim is to be the most responsible city centre delivery company in the UK and we are fully behind the electric vehicle revolution that is taking place at this very moment.

“Having undertaken significant EV charge point manufacturer research, along with a comprehensive due diligence process, we are delighted to have appointed Rolec EV as our electric vehicle charge point partner.

“The initial rollout of charge points across our network has gone very smoothly and we are now looking to significantly increase EV charge point deployment across the UK over the next 12 months to coincide with the delivery of our new EV fleet.”

DPD has the goal of making 10% of its fleet electric by 2021.

The delivery giant recently announced it would introduce 10 Mercedes Benz eVitos in the UK capital, operating from the all-electric depot which DPD opened in Westminster in 2018.

The Mayor of London recently outlined plans to build electric vehicle charge points across the UK’s capital, potentially paving the way for wider adoption by retailers.

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