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DPD says 10% – or 550 – of its delivery vehicle fleet will be electric within two years

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DPD has commissioned 10 new fully-electric 3.2 tonne vans as part of a strategy to make 10% of its delivery fleet electric by 2021. 

The new Mercedes-Benz eVito zero emissions vans will go into service in DPD’s London fleet, were the delivery company has all-electric depots in Westminster, Shoreditch and Hyde Park. But the vehicle, which has a range of about 93 miles and is fully charged in six hours, will also be used in the nationwide rollout of DPD’s electric fleet later this year. 

The new buys are part of DPD’s aim to be the most responsible city centre delivery company and a UK leader in electric vehicles (EV). Its Westminster site opened as the UK’s first all electric depot last October: it is emission free for incoming parcels, via two 7.5t fully-electric FUSO eCanters, and for last mile deliveries, which are carried in electric vans and micro-vehicles. 

Dwain McDonald, chief executive of DPD, said: “The EV revolution is gathering pace and I’m delighted that DPD is leading the way. We’ve got a fantastic EV fleet already with some incredibly innovative vehicles, but the eVito is a great addition for us.”

He added: “It’s an exciting time. The all-electric micro-depots have exceeded our expectations and we’ll soon have eight such sites in London.  We’ve got plans to add over 100 more EVs to our fleet in 2019 as we begin our roll-out across the UK.  We will double that in 2020, and double it again in 2021 to over 550 electric vehicles.  Effectively, we’re already in a position to grow as fast as the manufacturers can supply the vehicles, so the more UK vehicles that are available, the faster the roll-out will be.  In the meantime, we are continuing to explore all opportunities to reduce and neutralise our carbon footprint and provide smarter and more efficient urban delivery solutions.” 

Image courtesy of DPD

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