Parcel delivery firm DPD is now operating an all-electric service in 10 towns and cities across the UK and is aiming for 30 locations by the end of next year.
Oxford was DPD’s first green city, opening in July 2021 with a fleet of 40 electric vehicles working from its Bicester depot. The company has since opened all-EV sites in Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading, Southampton and Stoke.
Progress is underway to add a further 15 locations, two-years earlier than originally planned, by the end of 2023. The company has invested £90m in EV vehicles so far, including an
order for 1,000 Ford E-Transits announced last month. That will bring the e-LCV fleet to 2,500 vehicles.
“Since opening the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster in 2018, we have grown our electric fleet year on year, despite some of the issues that have held us back, such as the lack of righthand drive EVs for the UK market,” said Elaine Kerr, UK CEO.
“We are now seeing improved availability of larger electric vans, which is what we need. As a result, it is fantastic to be able to extend our original pledge to 30 locations and two years earlier than planned.
“By targeting major town and city centres with our electric vehicles, we can make a significant difference to emissions in those locations and help improve air quality where it is most needed. In addition to buying the vehicles and investing in charging infrastructure, we continue to optimise our routing and operation, to create the smartest possible delivery system and reduce our overall miles per parcel.”