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DPD expands green fleet with 1,000 new electric vans

DPD has expanded its green fleet after agreeing a deal with Ford for 1,000 E-Transit vans. It will take DPD’s electric vehicle (EV) fleet to over 2,500 in total.

The 3.5t, 135kwh, long-wheelbase vans have 12.4 cubic metres of load space and will operate from depots across the UK network from this month.

The Ford E-Transit order is part of DPD’s green pledge.  In addition to running over 2,500 electric vehicles in the UK, DPD has also invested in a series of recycling and circular economy initiatives.

Olly Craughan, head of sustainability, DPDgroup UK, said: “Getting our hands on the electric Ford Transit feels like a really big moment. 3.5t vans are the workhorse of any delivery fleet, and we are no different. We’ve said all along that we need the main commercial van manufacturers to step up with affordable models and large-scale production of right-hand drive vans to really get the EV revolution going in the UK. And Ford have done just that.

“People really appreciate what we are doing with electric vehicles and all our other green initiatives. It is the same with our big retail customers too.  They want to see their parcels delivered on green DPD vans, because they know their customers appreciate it too.”

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