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DPD to double electric vans fleet

DPD has agreed a deal with vehicle manufacturer Maxus for 750 e deliver electric vans, doubling the firm’s total UK EV fleet to almost 1,500.

The deal comprises 500 long-wheelbase 3.5t electric vans and 250 smaller vans. The company plans to expand to more than 1,700 EVs by the end of the year.

DPD is pushing hard on its sustainability options and the new vehicles will also feature in DPD’s first UK TV advert to help communicate the firm’s clean, green parcel delivery solutions.

In May the firm announced the roll-out of a major new air quality monitoring programme across 6 of the biggest cities in the UK. While in October 2020, DPD confirmed plans to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK entirely with zero and low-emission delivery means by 2025.

DPD’s Head of CSR, Olly Craughan, commented, “We’ve got EVs in every DPD depot already, but they are largely focused on quite compact routes, usually in city centres, where range isn’t an issue. But this opens up the possibility of clean, green deliveries on a much larger scale.

“We know from our shippers that being able to offer their customers green deliveries is a huge plus point, while the feedback on the doorstep is similarly positive. Our aim is to deliver to 25 of the largest towns and cities in the UK entirely with zero and low-emission delivery means by 2025, and this order begins to make that a reality.”
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