DPD says it is now providing an all-electric delivery service to 10 UK towns and cities and is aiming for 30 all-electric locations by the end of 2023.
The company had announced in October that it wanted to create 25 all-electric towns and cities by 2025 so the new goal is five more locations than originally planned and two years earlier than expected.
In July 2021, Oxford became DPD’s first ‘green’ city, with a fleet of 40 electric vehicles based at the new DPD Bicester eco-depot, delivering over 15,000 parcels a week across the city.
Now a further nine UK locations have achieved the same all-electric delivery status including Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Southampton and Stoke.
DPD claims that progress is well underway at the remaining 15 original green delivery locations – Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Sheffield to hit the new 2023 deadline. The firm is also planning for five more towns, Birkenhead, Gateshead, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rotherham and Shipley to become all-electric by the end of 2023.
To date, DPD has invested over £90m on all-electric vehicles in the UK and expects to deliver 26 million parcels this year on electric vehicles.
Elaine Kerr, DPD UK CEO, said: “We now have 10 UK towns and cities being delivered by an all-electric DPD fleet. One of our big aims is to be the UK’s most sustainable delivery company and by the end of 2023, we will have over 5,000 EVs on the road and 30 urban centres delivered on all-electric vehicles.”
The company opened the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster in 2018.Image credits: