- 24 September 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
DHL Express has put 10 fully electric courier vans onto London delivery routes. This is as part of the company’s plans to have 400 such vehicles on UK roads by 2025.
The Renault ZE Master vans have a range of around 75 miles and a payload capacity of around 10 cubic metres.
Richard Crook, Director of Fleet at DHL Express said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce the roll-out of 10 new best-in-class electric vehicles as part of our UK courier fleet.
“In our ambition to become the most environmentally-friendly provider on the market we have to balance the needs of customers with protecting and respecting the planet. Recent innovations within battery range and battery technology mean we can now deploy these more sustainable vehicles as part of our fleet and be confident in their ability to meet operational requirements, reducing our reliance on internal combustion engines.”
“As electric vehicle innovation continues and the range a vehicle can cover on a single charge grows, we plan to expand the electric fleet outside of city locations,” he added.
These vehicles and the existing fleet of Euro VI diesel powered vans are fully compliant with the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone. Some 900 vehicles have been replaced since 2016.
Alex Williams, TfL’s Director of City Planning, said: “Freight and servicing are the lifeblood of London’s economy, but it is important that we work to reduce its impact on our Capital’s toxic air and global climate change. Alternatives to diesel and petrol-powered vehicles, such as electric vehicles and cycle freight, can help to make London healthier and safer for everybody and I’m pleased to see companies such as DHL investing in new ways of doing freight.”