DPD hits 700 EV delivery truck target

DPD has passed its 2020 target for sustainable delivery vehicles five months ahead of schedule, with 10 per cent of its van fleet now zero emission electric vehicles.

The parcel delivery firm now has the largest sustainable delivery fleet in the UK. At the start of 2020, DPD had just over 130 EVs on the road, with that number rising rapidly to 700 as delivery rates spiked as consumers turned to online shopping during the Coronavirus lockdown.

So far this year, DPD has delivered close to five million emissions-free parcels, saving over two million kilograms of CO2.

The firm estimates that, on its current zero emissions trajectory, it will deliver well over 10 million parcels on its ‘clean green’ fleet by the end of 2020.

Following the launch of the P1 electric assist cargo bike last year, DPD is extending its partnership with Oxford-based manufacturer EAV to create another unique new vehicle.

DPD is also involved in trials with LEVC for the new VN5 and the Vauxhall e-Vivaro.

Dwain McDonald, DPD's chief executive, commented: "Despite everything that is going on, we've been really focused on getting EVs on the road and delivering for us this year.

"The feedback from the depots, our drivers and our customers has been fantastic and that has just encouraged us to go faster - we know retail customers want this and the reaction on the doorstep is great when recipients see that their parcel has been delivered emission-free too.”

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